Inter boss open to Italy job

With the future of Antonio Conte anything but clear, the Nerazzurri coach has admitted that it would be an honour to take over the Azzurri reins

Inter Milan's coach Mancini smiles before the Italian Serie A soccer match against Palermo at the Renzo Barbera stadium in Palermo

Despite his chequered international playing career, Inter coach Roberto Mancini has revealed he would like to become the Italy supremo before he retires.

The Azzurri coasted through their Euro 2016 qualifiers, finishing unbeaten and four points clear at the top of Group H, but some doubts remain about the long-term future of current tactician Antonio Conte.

Should he be approached to take over the national team job, the Nerazzurri boss has confessed that he would not be averse to it.

“Yes, I would like to coach the national team,” Mancini told Sky Sport Italia, in an interview with Paolo Condo. “After all, who would turn down the opportunity to coach Italy?

“It is clear that the national team can be good after many years in club football. It would be a great honour and could happen in the future.”

Roberto Mancini Inter

Meanwhile, the former Manchester City boss has revealed he’d tried to sign Paulo Dybala from Palermo before the Argentine joined Juventus last summer, as well as he offered struggling Geoffrey Kondogbia some words of encouragement.

“Yes, we tried to sign Dybala,” he added. “We were following him but in the end you cannot sign everyone. He has already become a fantastic player.

“He [Kondogbia] will become a great player but we must be patient.”

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