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Roberto Mancini has claimed that it will be a proud moment to be announced as the coach of the Italian national team but he has admitted that there has been no job offer just yet. Mancini is widely known for managing the likes of Inter Milan and Manchester City, but he has been out of favour in the top level European leagues. As a result, he has been in charge of Zenit St Petersburg in recent times.

There has been a growing desire from Mancini to return top-level European football and it seems that this may come in the form of a national team managerial role. Italy have had a disappointing few years and this has culminated in the team failing to reach the World Cup 2018. As a result, the national team is expected to undergo vast changes in terms of personnel and structure.

Carlo Ancelotti was reportedly the number one choice for the national team, as the former Chelsea and Bayern Munich manager is currently out of work. However, it is understood that Ancelotti has turned on the role in favour of club football. Giampiero Ventura was the last permanent Italy manager but he was sacked after the failure to reach the World Cup 2018.

Mancini does not have an experience of coaching the national team, but this would be a proud moment for any manager in Italy. “Am I in pole position to become coach? From St Petersburg it’s difficult to be aware of everything. I personally have never spoken with the federation, but coaching the national team would be prestigious and a source of pride for me because Italy are one of the most important teams in the world. If one day I got the chance to sit on the national team’s bench it would be something beautiful, but until now there hasn’t been anything,” said Mancini.