Italy set to name Roberto Mancini as new national team coach

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'The club wish Roberto Mancini all the best with his future endeavours and thank him for his time in St. Petersburg'.

Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has part company with Zenit St Petersburg by mutual consent. Mancini, who has reportedly been engaging in talks with Italy to take the helm of the first team, is to leave Zenit after their final league game in the 2017/2018 season against Khabarovsk.

However, the club said the contract, which will come to an end on Monday, had been severed through mutual consent and without any compensation payable.

Mancini has won a total of 26 trophies in his career, 13 as a player and also 13 as a manager, including three Italian Serie A titles with Inter Milan and the English Premier League title with Manchster City.

Italy's top post has been vacant since Gian Piero Ventura was sacked when the four-time champions failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup to be held in Russian Federation from June 14 to July 15.

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Under-21 coach Luigi Di Biagio took the reins for March friendlies against Argentina and England.

Claudio Ranieri, now with French club Nantes, had also previously been mentioned in connection with the job.

The 53-year-old has been heavily linked with the Italy job, the Azzurri now seeking a new head coach following the dismissal of Gian Piero Ventura.

The Italian team will meet on May 22 to prepare three global friendlies against Saudi Arabia on May 28, France on June 1 and Holland on June 4.

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