Zenit agree Mancini exit as Italy loom

Roberto Mancini

A Zenit statement read this morning: "Zenit and Roberto Mancini agree to an early end to the manager's contract". Zenit are now fifth in the Russian Premier League with one game remaining.

"The contract will be terminated by mutual consent without any compensation payable".

Mancini however insisted that no arrangements concerning a possibility of his work with the Italian national side had been achieved yet. "Today's game will be his last match at Zenit", the club tweeted.

"I can not confirm yet that I will be Italy's next national head coach. The decision to leave was made some three months ago", he said. "It has nothing to do with the club or the national team".

Mancini, who won 36 caps for Italy as a player, has held talks with the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) about becoming the new national team coach.

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Former Manchester City and Inter Milan boss Mancini took charge of Zenit in June 2017, and they are fifth in the Russian Premier League.

Mancini, who had been heavily linked with the job, will put pen to paper on a €2m-a-year contract, which is only a small fraction of what he was earning as manager of the Russian club.

Mancini led City to its first English league title in 44 years in 2012, and won three Serie A titles with Inter Milan.

Italy has been without a permanent coach since Gian Piero Ventura was sacked after it failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years after losing to Sweden in November.

Mancini also revealed that that he now had no agreement with the Italian team and could not confirm he would be named to the post.

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