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Mancini hints at Juve ambition

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini would welcome a return to Italy with Serie A giants Juventus.

Mancini, who succeeded Mark Hughes at City last December, has been linked by the Italian media with the Turin hotseat this summer. Juve sacked Ciro Ferrara earlier this season and appointed Alberto Zaccheroni as his replacement until the end of the season.

Mancini told Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore: "(The Premier League) is certainly a good experience, I have felt well here. They continue to tell me that in Italy it is worse and perhaps it was right that I took a decision to broaden my horizons. But I am ready to turn back, if and when I have that possibility."

Although he is happy at Eastlands, the 45-year-old has hinted he would be tempted to guide Juve.

"Juve is always Juve," Mancini said. "We are not talking about the last team in Italy or in Europe.

"It's true that they are going through a difficult time but we are talking about a club with a lot of history and prestige, made up of victories."

Mancini, however, is not a popular candidate for Juve fans because of his time at Inter Milan.

He guided Inter to three consecutive Serie A titles and seven trophies in his four seasons in charge.

"I am considered an enemy because of my years at Inter," Mancini said. "But as I have said many times and it's no longer a mystery, as a child I was a Juve fan."

When asked when he will return to Serie A, Mancini, who is under contract with City until June 2013, said: "I don't know. Football is strange but sooner or later."

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