ANTONIO Conte will step down from his role as Italy manager following Euro 2016, according to reports in Italy.
Conte has been heavily linked with taking over as Chelsea boss and this move will increase the prospect of him taking over at Stamford Bridge.
The 46-year-old was appointed Italy boss in August 2014 shortly after quitting as Juventus boss.
Conte had led the Turin club to three successive Serie A titles prior to taking on the national job.
Chelsea sacked Jose Mourinho as their manager in December 2015 and appointed Guus Hiddink on an interim basis until the end of the season.
The Blues have improved from 16th to 10th in the league under Hiddink but have been knocked out of the Champions League and FA Cup.
They face missing out on Champions League football for next season unless they can make up an 11-point gap in nine games and secure a top four top-flight spot.
“Chelsea are in a transitional period and have to see how to go on to try to regain the lost terrain to where they used to be,” said Hiddink recently.