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‘Mancio’ has reportedly been contacted to take over from Advocaat next January.

According to Sportmediaset.it, Roberto Mancini is in negotiations with Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg to take the club’s head coach position, which Dick Advocaat will vacate in December.

The Dutch tactician has decided to leave Zenit at the end of the current Russian season to take charge of the Belgian national team.

Former Juventus boss Claudio Ranieri had reportedly been approached a few weeks ago, but Zenit have now turned their focus to the former Sampdoria and Lazio midfielder.

Mancini being on the verge of resuming his coaching career will definitely be music to Inter president Massimo Moratti’s ears, as the tactician is still under contract with the Italian champions, and is on wages of €6 million-per-year, despite being ousted at the end of the 2007-08 season.

Mancini could also find a bit of Italy at Zenit, as former Torino captain Alessandro Rosina looks set to finalise a move to the Russian club today.

Vince Masiello, Goal.com

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