Chelsea legend admits interest in Italy post

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Chelsea legend Roberto di Matteo has thrown his hat into the ring as a possible replacement for Cesare Prandelli as Italy manager, if reports are to be believed.

The former Blues boss was released from his position at Stamford Bridge in 2012, and is yet to take a new job since his controversial exit.

That’s unsurprising, if reports earlier in the month are to be believed, with The Daily Mail claiming Roman Abramovich is still playing the former midfielder £130,000 a week.

However, he’s now put himself in the mix for the Italy job – should Prandelli get the chop as head of the national team.

"Me instead of Prandelli on the bench Nazionale? I have not received any offers but I have thought about it,” said Di Matteo, according to SportMediaset in Italy.

It’s unlikely Di Matteo will get an opportunity at the helm of the Azzurri before the 2014 World Cup, after the team qualified top of a tricky looking Group B that included Denmark and the Czech Republic.

The 43-year-old appears to have the management bug back after a year out of the game though, and it’s unsurprising given his success whilst at the Chelsea helm.

After taking the position at Stamford Bridge, he guided the Blues to FA Cup and Champions League success, cementing his place as an idol among the club’s supporters.

He spent six years with Chelsea as a player, winning two FA Cups and a League Cup, before injury ended his career in 2002.

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