Former Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini has revealed that he has turned down offers from China as he is eyeing a return to club management.
The 52-year-old tactician has been without a club since he left his post at Inter in August 2016, having guided the Italian Serie A side to a fourth-placed finish in 2015-16.
A host of worldwide names have made the switch for mammoth wages, but Mancini opted to stay in the European football and harbours hopes of taking charge of the Italian national side.
“In the future I would love to coach the Italy. To lead your country is the crowning ambition for any coach,” he told the Sunday Post newspaper.
“For the moment, though, I want to continue working with club teams.
“A year and a half of work was thrown away when I left [Inter] which was very disappointing. I believe if I had stayed we would have been very close to Juventus now.
“I do not think I will go to China. They called me, but I said no because, for me, the real place for football is in Europe.
“I do feel an experience abroad would suit me, though. Perhaps in Spain or in France.
“I have already been to England and won there. But if the right offer came along, you never know.”