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Mancini in talks with federation to become new Italy boss

FC Internazionale Milano v Bologna FC - Serie A

MILAN, ITALY - MARCH 12: FC Internazionale Milano coach Roberto Mancini looks on before the Serie A match between FC Internazionale Milano and Bologna FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on March 12, 2016 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

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ROME (AP) The Italian football federation says it is in talks with Roberto Mancini about taking over the Azzurri’s vacant coaching job.

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Federation commissioner Roberto Fabbricini tells the ANSA news agency that after a meeting Monday, Mancini said he was “open to leaving his job with Zenit St. Petersburg to become head coach of the national team.”

Fabbricini adds that “nothing is decided” but that the two sides agreed to meet again May 13, once the Russian season has ended, “to discuss figures and details.”

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Under-21 coach Luigi Di Biagio guided Italy on an interim basis in friendlies last month but the team has not had a full-time coach since November when Gian Piero Ventura was fired after the Azzurri failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades.

Mancini, a former Italy player, has coached Fiorentina, Lazio, Inter Milan, Manchester City, and Galatasaray to titles.