Roberto Mancini has distanced himself from the newly-available Leicester City manager’s job, claiming that he has never even had any contact from representatives of the champions.
The Italian is currently free, after leaving Inter Milan last summer, but insisted his return to the management is not imminent, while failing to rule out a return to England to take charge of the club that he made four appearances for during his playing career whilst on loan from Lazio.
“The team is having trouble, but what Ranieri did last season was incredible. He could’ve taken them to Premier League safety this season too. I’m afraid in England the clubs are picking up some of our bad Italian habits.
“Last year was the miracle, this term things just seem to be going wrong for Leicester. They also lost a fundamental player like N’Golo Kante.”
Mancini continued: “I don’t believe the players were actively working against him, as I’ve never seen any player do that. It’s also not true that I ever got into a fight with a player.
Speaking on his decision to leave Inter, the Italian said: “I left in August because quite simply the conditions to carry on together just weren’t there. There were situations that I was not happy with.
“A coach, once he starts the season, has to take responsibility for how things go and we were still missing some elements for me to accept that responsibility.
The Premier League winner would be well-received at the King Power stadium and still holds cult status from his brief playing spell in the mid-nineties at Leicester. However, some speculate that the Foxes precarious position and disjointed squad would put off the decorated Italian from a return to management.