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Giampiero Ventura flattered by link to Jiangsu Suning vacancy

Italy national team head coach Giampiero Ventura admitted that he is flattered by reports linking him to the vacant Jiangsu Suning job.

The 69-year-old tactician merged as one of the contenders for the vacancy after the Chinese Super League side parted way with South Korean coach Choi Yong-soo.

However, Ventura, who replaced Antonio Conte as Italy coach in June last year insisted that his focus is still on the current team.

“There’s nothing to explain. I was flattered because it comes from an economically powerful club,” he said was quoted by Football Italia.

“If it was real, I would feel honoured, but at the moment I am coach of Italy. We started a project and it’s logical we carry it forward. We are talking about reaching the [2020] European Championship.”

Jiangsu currently sit second-bottom in the table after recording just one win from 12 league games despite their squad have the likes of Ramires and Alex Teixeira.