Italy hope to keep Prandelli past 2014
The president of the Italian FA (FIGC) is hopeful he will be able to convince Cesare Prandelli to carry on as national team coach beyond the World Cup.
Prandelli said he would discuss his future once Italy had completed their qualification campaign for next year's World Cup. He has yet to deliver any confirmation of remaining in charge of the Squadra Azzurra, although he is now inevitably starting to be linked with jobs elsewhere.
The precarious situation Massimiliano Allegri is in as AC Milan coach has led to the former Fiorentina coach's name being mentioned with a return to club coaching at the Rossoneri from the summer, but FIGC chief Giancarlo Abete is counting on him extending his contract as Italy coach.
"There are lots of coaches who I like, but above all, I like Prandelli," he said. "Until there is no confirmation, if there should ever be, that our relationship will not continue, we are not going to be talking with anybody else.
"As I've said, there has not been any direct or indirect contact with anybody else. We hope the national team coach remains also beyond Brazil 2014."
Discussions over Prandelli's future are on the agenda after he hinted earlier this year that his term as Italy coach was drawing to an end. However, there are more pressing matters of forming a squad capable of being successful in Brazil and Abete understands that Prandelli's thoughts are currently heading in that direction.
"Prandelli's said many times that nobody is excluded and that he'll evaluate everybody at the end of the season, making the right choices which work for the national team," he said.
"The upcoming friendlies against Germany and Nigeria will help understand who deserves to be in the national team. Certainly there are some players Prandelli doesn't need to see."