Tuesday March 11 2014
Spalletti: 'I'll stay in Russia'

Luciano Spalletti said he will stay in St. Petersburg even after Zenit fired him, but is a candidate for the Italy bench.

The former Udinese and Roma Coach was surprisingly sacked by the Russian club last night with the second leg of their Champions League tie with Borussia Dortmund coming up.

“I spent four wonderful years in St. Petersburg,” he wrote on his official website.

“I shared with my players, with the whole friendly staff at Udelny Park, with our supporters, unforgettable victories, great joys and some sadness that I’ll keep with me forever.

“I received so much love that I became a citizen of St. Petersburg. Matilde was born here. Federico found his world here. Peter is my home and I will live here. Like every citizen I support Zenit and I will be happy for every success we will get.

“Thanks to FC Zenit. Thanks to Aleksej Miller, who wanted me here and let me live this great experience into the delightful and historical St. Petersburg. I’m sure this team has important skills and Semak will be able to make it show them. Vpered Zenit!”

Spalletti could now be one of the candidates to replace Cesare Prandelli on the Italy bench if he fails to agree a new contract with the Federation.

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