Mancini replaces Ventura as the new Italian coach


"I first set foot in Coverciano [the FIGC's Florence headquarters] in 1978". We'll definitely talk. He's one of those players we should take a new look at'.

During their time at City, Mancini often clashed with the troublesome star.

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 November.

Mancini's contract is reportedly worth two million euros ($2.3 million) a year and will lead Italy to Euro 2020 with the option to extend until June 2022 before the World Cup in Qatar and will lead Italy for the first time against Saudi Arabia May 28 in Switzerland.

Balotelli has not featured for the Azzurri since the 2014 World Cup, but 26 goals in all competitions for his current club this term suggests that the new boss would be right to give him another go in those famous blue shirts.

"To coach the national team is a reason to be proud for anyone".

"I want to get to know the players before deciding how we'll play".

Mancini's appointment will likely signal a return to the national team for Mario Balotelli.

"It's important that the players who reach the national team do it with heart, because every young player dreams of reaching this squad", Mancini said.

"But if the "veterans" like (Daniele) De Rossi are still the best when we have to play big matches then they will be called up".

Mancini is under no illusions that the rebuild task will be a tough one, but while others are making plans for this summer's World Cup, what can we expect from the new Italy boss? The Nations League, the first important commitment, starts soon.

New Italy boss Roberto Mancini said Tuesday that he was aiming to get the national team back to the top of global football after its shock failure to qualify for this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.