Prandelli quiet over prospects as Italy coach
Fiorentina coach Cesare Prandelli isn't saying whether he will succeed Marcello Lippi as Italy coach after the World Cup.
Both Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport claimed Thursday that Prandelli agreed to take over from Lippi and the Italian Football Association was just waiting for Fiorentina to grant permission.
Prandelli said at Rome's Fiumicino airport he was not taking any questions. Fiorentina was flying to Toronto where it will play Juventus in a friendly next Tuesday.
Prandelli led Fiorentina to the first knockout round of the Champions League this past season, when it lost to Bayern Munich. In Serie A, Fiorentina finished 11th, outside the European qualification places.
Fiorentina said it would let Prandelli decide himself if he wants to take over the national team job and confirmed that there has been contact between the club and Italian FA president Giancarlo Abete.
"Noting that the request was from the national team, [club president] Andrea Della Valle has expressed to Mr. Abete his club's willingness to defer the decision to the coach," an announcement on the club website stated.
"In the interests of the team and its fans, ACF Fiorentina asks only that the situation be clarified as soon as possible in order to plan the future."