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Wednesday January 12 2011
Spalletti interested in Russia job

Zenit St Petersburg manager Luciano Spalletti says he would be interested in taking over the reins of the Russian national team one day in the future.

Spalletti won the Russian Premier League is his first season in charge of Zenit and has only added to the reputation that he established with Serie A side Roma.

Asked about reports linking him with the Russia job, Spalletti said: "This makes me happy. I am proud about it. It's something that would certainly interest me.

"They made me feel at home straight away here. We work well and my team has developed a beautiful brand of football."

Spalletti then responded to speculation regarding Zenit's interest in Fiorentina duo Juan Manuel Vargas and Felipe.

"I coached Felipe at Udinese. He is a quality player. We need to understand what has happened to him recently.

"Sinisa Mihajlovic will of course know why he isn't adapting to life in Florence.

"Vargas is a player who is strong physically. He has strength, good feet, character and is adapted to playing for any team.

"He can interest many different clubs," Spalletti concluded.

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