Italy have been in search of a new manager since sacking Gian Piero Ventura back in November after the Azzuri failed to qualify for this summer’s World Cup in Russia – for the first time since 1958.
And while the Italian U21 coach Luigi Di Biagio is currently at the helm – albeit on a caretaker basis – the Italian Football Federation have been looking at a host of potential candidates to fill the position on a permanent basis.
The former Chelsea manager has never hidden his desire to manage the national side, as he sits alongside Antonio Conte, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Mancini on a very decorated shortlist for the vacancy.
“Any Italian Coach would love to be in charge of the Nazionale,” Ranieri 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.”
After defying the odds to win the Premier League with Leicester City in 2016, Ranieri endured a difficult second season with the Foxes – which ultimately ended in his sacking in February last year – but he has since taken over at La Beaujoire-Louis Fonteneau with Nantes.
His side are currently fifth in Ligue 1, 10 points off fourth-place Lyon, as Les Canaris host Amiens this Saturday in their pursuit of European football.