Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has taken an interest in the Italian national position, according to The Express.
Mancini is without a job following his sacking by City after his side were shocked in the FA Cup final by Wigan Athletic.
Current Italian boss Cesare Prandelli is widely expected to stand down following the World Cup and Mancini has talked up the role.
"Prandelli is there right now, so we’ll have to see what will happen in the future," he told Italian news agency ANSA.
"But the national team is certainly not something secondary to anything, it can only be a priority.
“It will all depend on what the project for the future is, but, I repeat, the national side is always the national side.
“Today the tactician is Prandelli so we need to leave him in peace as he has got a hard year ahead of him.”
Many Citizens fans were sad to see the 48-year-old leave after he guided them to the Premier League title for the first time in 2012 but the Italian ultimately paid the price for a poor Champions League record, with the FA Cup loss the tip of the iceberg.
Mancini is also held in high regard by his fellow countryman and would be a popular choice after he guided Inter Milan to three Serie A titles between 2004 and 2008.
The coach also won the Coppa Italia with both Lazio and Sampdoria, the latter of which he also had a successful playing career with, spanning over 400 appearances as an attacking midfielder.
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