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Panucci sounded out for Roma job

Former Roma defender Christian Panucci has claimed he was sounded out about a return to the club but said without a serious offer he will remain in his role with the Russian national team.

The 39-year-old, currently working as an assistant to Fabio Capello, spent eight years in the Italian capital as a player. After the Giallorossi sacked Zdenek Zeman on Saturday they placed Aurelio Andreazzoli in temporary charge but continue to look for a permanent replacement.

Speaking with the Corriere dello Sport, Panucci made clear how proud he would be to take charge of his former club and says he has learned so much since beginning what is his first coaching job last July.

"There was a phone call. I was asked if I was prepared to come back to Roma," he said. "It would be the ultimate job to lead Roma."

"I spent some marvellous years at the Trigoria training ground. I'm not frightened by the prospect, if anything I am fired up at the idea of being their coach. My experience of studying Capello, who is the best coach in the world, is worth more than many other adventures.

"Capello is teaching me so much and I am happy in Russia. If an actual proposal to be Roma coach came in, then that would be one thing, otherwise I'd stay here."

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