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Mancini wants Italian job

ROBERTO MANCINI admits he would "come running" if he was offered the chance to coach Italy's national team.

The 49-year-old has been out of work since leaving Galatasaray in June and remains among the leading candidates to replace Cesare Prandelli, who stepped down after Italy's surprise first-round exit from the World Cup.

Massimiliano Allegri has since dropped out of contention by accepting the Juventus job, yet the man whose position he filled, Antonio Conte, is considered a very strong rival to Mancini for the top head coach's role available in Italy. He said: "It makes me very happy and proud to be in the thoughts of those who love the national team.

"I've always been patriotic, I never forget about Italy even when I've been working abroad. "Who doesn't dream about coaching their national team? I'd come running. The reality, however, is that for now, no one has called me."

If he were to assume control of Italy, Mancini would retain the services of veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo. Both men were World Cup winners in 2006 but endured a disappointing campaign in Brazil.


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