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The Viola patron is adamant the prospective Nazionale vacancy would not lure Prandelli away from the Franchi.

Fiorentina patron Diego Della Valle has absolutely ruled out the possibility of coach Cesare Prandelli turning his back on the Gigliati to take the reins of the Italy national team.

Azzurri manager Marcello Lippi is widely expected to step down after next summer’s World Cup finals and Prandelli has emerged as clear favourite for the job in the Italian press.

“He is a great tactician and we would be pleased,” Della Valle told Affariitaliani.it.

“But we do not even consider the possibility of him leaving.”

Fiorentina have qualified for the knock-out stage of the Champions League for the first time in a decade after defeating French side Lyon 1-0 last week.

“It’s a great satisfaction for this city,” explained Della Valle.

“What Fiorentina are doing is not by chance. It’s a long path and an objective that requires big investments and great faith.”

But can Fiorentina go all the way to the Champions League final in Madrid and lift the trophy?

Della Valle laughed: “Since we are talking about an unattainable target, it’s as if I said I will get thinner in May…”

Vince Masiello, Goal.com

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