Italian Football Federation President Giancarlo Abete is hoping to extend the contract of Italy boss Cesare Prandelli.
The latter, appointed in the summer of 2010, is expected to return to club management after the 2014 World Cup.
Abete underlined his faith in Prandelli today when he was asked by Sky Sport Italia about the possibility of Galatasaray boss Roberto Mancini being handed the Azzurri hotseat at the start of next term.
“I like a lot of Coaches,” Abete noted. “However, I like Prandelli more than anyone else. I hope that he stays as the CT after Brazil 2014.
“If our relationship doesn’t continue then I won’t speak with any other Coaches until Prandelli’s departure is made official.”