Italy boss Prandelli dismisses Tottenham rumours as 'fantasy football'

The Azzurri head coach has been linked with replacing Tim Sherwood at White Hart Lane following this summer's World Cup but he has ruled out the possibility
Italy manager Cesare Prandelli has poured cold water on speculation linking him with the Tottenham managerial post.

The 56-year-old has been rumoured to be on Spurs chairman Daniel Levy’s shortlist given that he will leave his job as Azzurri boss following the World Cup this summer.
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However, the former Fiorentina manager has moved to distance himself from the north Londoners, who are currently managed by Tim Sherwood - a mid-season replacement for the sacked Andre Villas-Boas.

Prandelli told Italian TV station Rai: "Me to Tottenham next season? This is fantasy football.

"It's too soon to talk about my future, after the friendly with Spain in March we will have a meeting with (FIGC president, Giancarlo) Abete and the federal leaders.”

Prandelli has been in charge of Italy since May 2010, replacing World Cup-winning boss Marcello Lippi following a disappointing campaign in South Africa.

He led Italy past England at Euro 2012, before guiding his side to the final where they were comprehensively defeated by Spain 4-0.

Tottenham currently sit 5th in the Premier League and had experienced a mini-renaissance under Sherwood until Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at Norwich.

Sherwood was appointed on an 18-month contract, taking him to the end of the 2014-15 season.