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Syrian refugee families arrive in Rome

Three Syrian refugee families arrived in Rome this evening after Pope Francis brought them home with him following a tour of the Greek island of Lesbos.

The 12 refugees - including six children - smiled broadly as they were pictured getting out of cars at the Sant'Egidio Community centre after being randomly being selected after drawing lots to start a new life in Italy.

The Pope brought three families back to Italy with him after his visit to meet refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos Credit: APTN
Among those to arrive were six children and six adults Credit: APTN
Children were pictured holding up a 'thank you' banner as the families arrived Credit: APTN

Former Italy boss Cesare Maldini dies at 84

Casare Maldini at the World Cup in 2002. Credit: PA

Former Italy coach and AC Milan defender Cesare Maldini has died aged 84, the Serie A club have announced on their website.

In a statement the club expressed condolences to Maldini's family. Paolo, Maldini's son, played more than 600 times for Milan and won more than 100 caps for Italy.

Maldini won the European Cup at Wembley in 1963, when Milan beat Benfica. Credit: PA

Maldini won the European Cup in 1963, at Wembley, and four Serie A titles with Milan, and played more than 400 games during his club career.

He worked as assistant manager and then manager for Milan before moving to the Italian national team where he was assistant manager from 1980 to 1986 before winning three European Championships during his spell in charge of the under-21 team.

Maldini, who played 25 times for Italy, took over as manager of the national team in 1996 following the departure of Arrigo Sacchi.

He led Italy to the 1998 World Cup finals in France, where they reached the quarter-finals, and also guided Paraguay to the 2002 finals.

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Conte rejects Chelsea talk ahead of Italy friendlies

Italy head coach Antonio Conte has rejected all talk of taking over at Chelsea in the summer as he prepares for friendlies against Spain and Germany.

Conte has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge to take over when interim manager Guus Hiddink's contract concludes at the end of the current season.

Conte has been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea. Credit: PA

But Conte, who said he would leave the national team after Euro 2016 to take a job in club management, prefers to focus on Thursday's meeting with Spain and the game with Germany on March 29 ahead of this summer's European Championship.

When asked about the Chelsea job, the Italian told a press conference in Coverciano: "There aren't any offers in England tempting me because right now I'm still the coach of the national team and for me this is a fantastic experience.

"In the future, I will consider what is going to happen but my focus right now is completely on Italy. However, I do believe it was right to show transparency by announcing that I will not be here next season.

"All I know is that I won't be here and I will return to club coaching and it is a decision not to be taken lightly. Let's see what the future holds for me, whether it is in Italy or abroad."

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