Mancini agent dismisses Sunderland link

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Roberto Mancini´s agent has dismissed suggestions his client is set to be named manager of Sunderland.

Mancini was quoted as saying he had been offered the chance to take over at the Stadium of Light, and hinted he would relish the opportunity to return to football after a 12-month absence.

But his agent, Giorgio De Giorgis, told PA Sport the Wearsiders had not been in touch, he said: "Mancini is aware of those reports. But we have not received an offer, nor have we been in touch with anyone from Sunderland."

Mancini has been out of work since leaving Inter Milan last summer shortly after leading them to a third successive Serie A title.

De Giorgis confirmed there was interest in his client from England but that no formal offer had yet been put to the 44-year-old.

"There has been interest from English teams but Sunderland is not one of them," he said.

"However, no official offers have been made."

Mancini was earlier quoted as telling Sky Italia: "I am honoured to have had an offer from Sunderland Football Club. It is a fantastic opportunity.

"It will be truly wonderful to lead such a prestigious and historic club in England after a year of sitting on the sidelines.

"I feel I am ready to start again with immense enthusiasm."

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