AZZURRI

Vincenzo Montella has refused to rule out taking the Italy job after leaving Milan but says he will take a break from football before his next move.
Bologna boss Roberto Donadoni believes Mattia Destro and Simone Verdi have what it takes to become Italy regulars.
Zenit St Petersburg boss Roberto Mancini opened the door to the Italy job. “It would be a great honour and is the ultimate dream.”
Mario Balotelli gave away wads of cash, smashed a plasma screen and stuffed parking tickets into his locker at Manchester City, but Roberto Mancini was “irrational.”
Bayern Munich chief Uli Hoeness claims Carlo Ancelotti’s staff was the reason for his dismissal. “Every day there was a fight.”
Simone Zaza discussed his Italy nightmare, struggling with life at West Ham and commitment to Valencia. “I need some stability.”
Lionel Messi tips Manchester City or PSG for the Champions League, but wants Milan and Inter back in the tournament. “It’s just not the same.”
Carlo Ancelotti is set to turn down an offer to lead Saudi Arabia to the World Cup, according to reports in Italy.
The head of Italian Coaches claims Carlo Tavecchio was hung out to dry by the FIGC and that Giampiero Ventura failed due to not handling pressure.
Alessandro Del Piero has described Calciopoli as “an atomic bomb”, the effects of which are still being felt in Italian football.
Watford have reportedly lined up former Italy CT Giampiero Ventura if Marco Silva leaves for Everton.
Torino striker Andrea Belotti insists “the goals will come again” and reveals “I won’t support anyone at the World Cup.”
Schalke winger Daniel Caligiuri has reiterated his desire to play for Italy. “I hope I’m given the chance…”
Domenico Criscito “had direct contact with Napoli, but not just them,” confirmed the Zenit St Petersburg defender’s agent.
Spain and Barcelona legend Xavi is “very sorry” for Gianluigi Buffon, after Italy missed out on the World Cup.
The FIFA regulations dictate that it is theoretically possible for Italy to replace Peru at the World Cup, but it’s highly unlikely.
Francesco Totti says “it’s all down to us” when asked about Roma’s Champions League campaign, and shrugs off Italy’s World Cup failure.
Italy have climbed above England in the latest FIFA World Rankings - despite failing to reach the World Cup.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin admits “I’m worried” by Milan’s financial situation but “we’ll see what happens”.
CONI President Giovanni Malagò announced that “the only way to reform Italian football is to put it under a commissioner,” but will wait until December 11.
Reports in Peru suggest their national team could be excluded from the 2018 World Cup, in which case Italy would potentially be given their spot.
Nantes’ President says it’s “normal” that Claudio Ranieri has been linked with Italy but “he has a contract that has to be honoured”.
Mario Balotelli has launched a web series, with the first episode showing him winning a Mario Kart race on a mini-motorbike.
Former Milan President Silvio Berlusconi points out the new Chinese owners “always met their commitments”.
Argentina have reportedly cancelled their friendly with Italy on March 23 following the Azzurri’s failure to qualify for the World Cup.