Roberto Mancini to leave Zenit St Petersburg by mutual consent

Roberto Mancini to leave Zenit St Petersburg by mutual consent

The former Zenit boss, who has agreed to a contract of undisclosed length, will be officially presented at a news conference in Florence on Tuesday.

The statement continued: "Mr Mancini's contract will end with Zenit on Monday, 14 May 2018".

Roberto Mancini is the top candidate to become Italy's coach after Carlo Ancelotti reportedly turned down the job.

The 53-year-old former Manchester City manager quit as Zenit Saint Petersburg coach on Sunday, saying he now felt free to open talks with Italy.

"Tomorrow will be the official presentation at Coverciano, it will be the formalisation of a long-standing discourse".

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Italy have been searching for new leadership since November, when Gian Piero Ventura was dismissed in the aftermath of a disastrous two-legged play-off defeat by Sweden that meant they failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958.

Mancini, who lead City to their first Premier League title in 44 years in the 2011/12 season, has signed a two-year deal for his latest venture.

Mancini's first match in charge will be a friendly against Saudi Arabia on May 28 before further friendlies with France and Holland on June 1 and 4.

As well as Mancini, Carlo Ancelotti, Claudio Ranieri and Chelsea's Antonio Conte have been linked with the position, which is now held by caretaker manager Luigi Di Biagio, the coach of Italy's Under-21 side.

Since leaving Etihad Stadium in 2013, Mancini also managed Galatasaray and Inter Milan before joining Zenit in June 2017.

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