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Mancini To Take Charge Of Italy?

Roberto Mancini has reportedly agreed a deal to become the new national team coach of Italy.

The former Manchester City manager, who won 36 caps for his country during a glittering playing career, is the coach of Zenit Saint Petersburg, with whom he cannot now win the Russian Premier League.

Zenit are fifth in the table, seven points behind leaders Lokomotiv Moscow with only two fixtures left.

Mancini would take over from Gian Piero Ventura following the final round of league fixtures on 13 May, asked to lead an Italian side at a low ebb, having failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia following defeat by Sweden in the play-offs last November – their first qualification failure since 1958.

The 53-year-old, who won the Premier League and FA Cup during his stint in England, has also enjoyed club success with Fiorentina, Lazio, Inter Milan and Galatasaray, and was said to be the top target of the Italian FA.

Italy have summer friendlies against Saudi Arabia, France and Netherlands ahead of their UEFA Nations League qualification campaign, when they will meet Poland and Portugal in September.

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