Italy coach Marcello Lippi has denied reports that he will return to his former club Juventus once the Azzurri’s World Cup campaign has come to a close next summer.
Juventus are experiencing an indifferent run of form ohaving lost five of their past six games in all competitions and speculation is surrounds the future of coach Ciro Ferrara, who was appointed on a permanent basis in June.
Lippi remains a popular figure in Turin having won five Serie A titles and the 1996 Champions League with Juve and he has not committed to remaining as Italy manager beyond the 2010 finals in South Africa.
However, a return to his former club looks unlikely with Lippi telling Gazzetta dello Sport: “I don’t know what I will do after the World Cup but I will not return to Juve, neither as coach nor director.”
Ancelotti won the 2006 World Cup with Italy before quitting the national post. However, he returned to coach the Azzurri once again in 2008 following the departure of Roberto Donadoni.