02 May, 2018
"Yesterday there was a meeting between the sub-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta, Azzurri team manager [Lele] Oriali and Roberto Mancini, who gave his availability to resolve his relationship with Zenit and to be Coach of the national team", Fabbricini told ANSA.
Roberto Mancini has called for patience in rebuilding the Italy national team following the heartbreak of missing out on the 2018 World Cup.
Mancini, 53, has always been reported as in the running for the Azzurri job, but Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and Carlo Ancelotti were also on the shortlist, according to La Stampa (h/t Football Italia).
The former Manchester City boss has agreed a two-year deal to take charge of his national team, according to reports in the Italian press.
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Italy have been without a permanent coach since Gian Piero Ventura was sacked after they failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years after losing to Sweden in a two-legged playoff in November.
Zenit are now 4th in the Russian Premier League with 50 points from 28 games and are 2 points away from UEFA Champions League qualification next year.
Italy's under-21 coach Luigi Di Biagio has been filling the position on an interim basis. Antonio Conte and Claudio Ranieri, Premier League winners with Chelsea FC and Leicester City FC respectively, were also said to be in the frame for the job previously.
The former Sampdoria and Lazio forward (he won Serie A with both, as a player), has won league titles at Manchester City and Inter Milan.