• Nantes coach Claudio Ranieri (Getty Images)
Premier League-winning boss Claudio Ranieri said he would ask to be released by Nantes if he was offered the Italy job.
21 Feb 2018 - 4:29 PM  UPDATED 21 Feb 2018 - 4:29 PM

Ranieri, 66, has been linked with the vacant Italy post after Gian Piero Ventura departed after the country's failure to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Former coach Antonio Conte, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Mancini have also emerged as possible replacements for Ventura, who presided over Italy's shock 1-0 aggregate play-off defeat to Sweden last year as the Azzurri failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958.

And Ranieri has once again thrown his hand up to fill the void within the national team, despite only joining Ligue 1 outfit Nantes this season.

Italy appoint Di Biagio as interim coach
Italy Under-21 boss Luigi Di Biagio has been installed as interim head coach of his country's national team.

"Any Italian coach would love to be in charge of the Nazionale," Ranieri, who guided Leicester City to a remarkable Premier League title in 2015-16, told Sky Sport Italia.

"I have a contract with Nantes for two years and I have not received any messages, so I can't say anything.

"But if I were to be contacted for the Italy job, I'd go to the Nantes president and ask to be released."

Nantes are fifth in Ligue 1 this term, 10 points adrift of Lyon, who occupy the fourth and final European qualifying spot.