Soccer: Prandelli's Italy future to be settled before Brazil
Coach linked to return to club football after World Cup16 September, 13:36
Former Fiorentina coach Prandelli, who has been in charge of the national team since 2010, has been linked to a return to club football after next year's tournament in Brazil.
"I haven't declared anything, but in Brazil we'll know what my future is," Prandelli said at the fringes of a charity golf competition near Turin. "If the decision comes before, we'll warn all ships with utmost transparency," he quipped. "I'll meet the federation directors and we'll communicate our decision.
"I'm happy the fans want me to stay. We'll talk about it in good time and we'll see". Prandelli added that he will give some rest time to some of his regulars after Italy qualified for the World Cup with two games to spare this month.
The coach has admitted he is worried about the fatigue of a long season affecting his players in Brazil. Concern is especially high for playmaker Andrea Pirlo, 34, one of the few remaining members of Italy's 2006 World Cup-winning squad. "We'll take special care with the players who are used most, given that we've already qualified," he said when asked about how he intended to use Pirlo in the run-up to the World Cup.