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Soccer: Prandelli confirms thinking of Italy renewal

Coach had been expected to step down after World Cup

03 March, 15:23
Soccer: Prandelli confirms thinking of Italy renewal (ANSA) - Rome, March 3 - Italy coach Cesare Prandelli on Monday confirmed reports that he is thinking of renewing his contract with the national team. Until recently Prandelli had been expected to step down as Azzurri coach after this year's World Cup in Brazil, having frequently said he missed club soccer. "Something has changed," Prandelli said when asked about reports he was not willing to stay on if given enhanced powers, including greater influence over the youth national teams.

"Now I'm thinking about a renewal (of my contract).

"I'm not dictating terms, but there is a technical project.

We'll talk about it in the middle of march". Former Fiorentina boss Prandelli took over a national team in disarray after Italy's embarrassing group-stage exit at the 2010 World Cup.

He rejuvenated the side and managed to get them playing an attractive offensive style that saw them reach the final of Euro 2012 and qualify for the 2014 World Cup with two matches to spare, even though the current squad has fewer stars than teams of the past.