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By ESPN Staff

Lippi rejects fresh Juventus link

Marcello Lippi has dismissed reports that he will return to coach Juventus this summer, insisting he wants to leave Italy.

During his time at the helm of Juve, Lippi won five league titles, one Coppa Italia, a Champions League and a European Super Cup, but 2006 World Cup winner has been out of work since the Azzurri were eliminated from last summer's World Cup as holders in the group stage.

Lippi, who has had two spells in charge of Juve, has been mentioned as a possible replacement for under-fire coach Luigi Del Neri, but confirmed he would not be interested in the position.

''I want to coach for another two or three years,'' he said. ''If the right project comes along then I will consider it but I can confirm that I will not coach any more in Italy, not even if Juve called me.

''I left Turin seven years ago and each time the team has problems my name comes up. This makes me happy because it means that during my time there, I did well and the fans appreciate me. It's true that in the past I've had contacts to return.''

Juve are 11 points behind fourth-place Udinese with nine games remaining.

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