Roberto Mancini favourite for managing Italy in World Cup 2018

Roberto Mancini, Italy, FIFA World Cup Russia 2018

Russia World Cup 2018 is only five months away from undertaking, and four time winner Italy is still looking for their chief manager. Former Manchester City and Inter Milan coach – Roberto Mancini currently managing Zenit Saint Petersburg is the prime candidate alongside Claudio Ranieri, Antonio Conte and Carlo Ancelotti. Azzurri is yet to finalize their boss in Russia, but according to major sports channels Mancini is favourite among them to manage Italy’s squad in Russia.

Football Italia reports, “Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport believe Mancini is in pole position to replace Giampiero Ventura, following on from Thursday’s announcement that he was among four targets, alongside Antonio Conte, Carlo Ancelotti and Claudio Ranieri.”

The news came into limelight after FIGC commissioner Roberto Fabbricini suggested that under 21 boss Luigi di Biagio may not oversee Italy’s friendlies against England and Argentina next month. Mancini only joined Zenit last summer and successfully led the Russian giants to finish second in Russian league and helped them to reach last 32 of Europa League. It will be a big ask if Russians allow him to let go and work for his country pride. However, if Azzuri can afford his wages, buying him out of his contract won’t be an issue and he’ll soon be serving for his country pride.

Italy has always been tournament favourite and it won’t be different this time. Italy will remain be tournament favourite alongside Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Spain and France in Russia this year.

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