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Former Italy coach Marcello Lippi wants coaching return for 2014 World Cup

Marcello Lippi is eager for a return to coaching as he looks to get back involved in football in time for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The former Italy tactician has been out of action since last summer when Italy crashed out of World Cup 2010, and has been linked with a hoard of club and national team positions since.

He has admitted he has a preference to return to international football, however, telling TG1: "I will return to coaching a national side ahead of Brazil 2014. I will not stay another winter at home doing nothing."

Reflecting on Italy's poor run in South Africa, where they crashed out at the group stages having failed to beat Paraguay, New Zealand or Slovakia, Lippi confessed: "It was one of the worst periods of my career."

The former Inter boss also approved of the club's choice of coach after president Massimo Moratti gave the role to Gian Piero Gasperini, following the departure of Leonardo, who is expected to take on a directorial role at Paris Saint-Germain.

He said of the former Genoa man: "He [Gasperini] is exceptional. A good professional."

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