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Former Italy coach Marcello Lippi: I have not been offered the Anzhi Makhachkala job but I am looking for work

Former Italy coach Marcello Lippi has denied reports that Anzhi Makhachkala offered him a €3.5 million (£3m) per annum contract to take a permanent job in Russia.

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claimed Lippi had met Anzhi chiefs during the recent international break where he was supposedly offered a role on the bench.

Former Inter defender Marco Materazzi was also named as Lippi's future assistant if he accepted the job.

Anzhi are said to be looking for a permanent boss following the sacking of Gadzhi Gadzhiyev last month. As things stand Roberto Carlos is the current player-coach.

However, Lippi said reports claiming he's been offered a deal by Anzhi are wide of the mark.

"I will not be coaching Anzhi. I have not had any contact with the Russian club, and this is the first I have heard about it," Lippi told Tuttomercatoweb.com.

"I am keen to return to coaching and I will evaluate interesting offers if they arrive.

"Would Anzhi be interesting? We would have to see if it happened."

Anzhi are currently eighth in the Russian Premier League and have not won a match since September 11 when they beat Volga 2-1.