England manager rules out a move to Stamford Bridge.
England manager Gareth Southgate has quashed rumours linking him with Chelsea as Maurizio Sarri reportedly nears a return to Italy with champions Juventus.
Sarri has been heavily linked with a return to Serie A after Massimiliano Allegri’s departure at Juve and the managerial role at Stamford Bridge could be vacant if the move materialises.
Rumours have claimed Southgate could be one of the candidates to replace the former Napoli boss if he leaves the west London side, however the England manager says he isn’t interested in returning to club football.
"No," the 48-year-old told reporters when asked if he would be interested in the Chelsea job as the independent.co.uk quoted. "I'm committed to England, simple as that.
"I don't need to hedge my bets in keeping doors open or keeping things alive. There's no way that I would leave England at this moment in time, to take any job.
"The only thing on my mind is that we've got a European Championship next summer and we've got to keep improving this team to be the best possible team we can be for the country.
"We brought 20,000 fans to Portugal which is remarkable, a sign of their engagement with the team and belief in what we're trying to do.
“So why would I rush to leave that opportunity and chance to affect not just the football but the other parts that the role brings? My sole focus is producing the best team possible for England."