Lippi quashes Juventus speculation

MILAN - Italy coach Marcello Lippi has rejected speculation he will return to manage Juventus after the 2010 World Cup.

Stuttering Juve have slipped to third in Serie A and will go without a trophy this season, prompting some fans to protest against coach Claudio Ranieri. Lippi recently held a meeting with Juve bosses but said it was to discuss the national side.

"When I say I won't go back to Juve, I also mean after 2010," the World Cup-winning coach told reporters on Thursday.