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Last Updated: Tuesday, 30 March, 2004, 08:25 GMT 09:25 UK
Trapattoni wants Italy deal
Italy coach Giovanni Trapattoni
Italy coach Trapattoni has a impressive pedigree
Italy's coach Giovanni Trapattoni is keen to extend his contract if the Italian Football Federation want him.

Previously linked with the Spurs managerial vacancy, Trapattoni contract with Italy runs out after Euro 2004.

Trapattoni said: "One thing at a time but in any case it doesn't depend on me. If I would sign now."

There has been speculation has suggested that Juventus coach Marcello Lippi could be in line to replace Trapattoni after Euro 2004.

Referring to the speculation surrounding Lippi, Trapattoni added: "At his age I was thinking about other things than the national side but if that is what he feels like, well..."

Lippi has a year left on his current deal with Juventus and has said that he does not want to coach another Italian club after his second spell at the Delle Alpi.

GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI FACTFILE
Born: 17 March 1939
Playing career
Long and distinguished career with AC Milan (1959-71) winning seven trophies
17 international caps
Coaching career
Joins Juventus in 1976 winning numerous titles in 10-year stay
Moves to Inter Milan in 1986 where he has similar success
Spells at Bayern Munich, Cagliari, Fiorentina and Juventus before taking over the national team in 2000

Juve are second in Serie A, nine points behind leaders Milan with seven games of the season left.

Since the Turin side were knocked out of the Champions League by Deportivo Coruna this month there have been reports that the club might look for a younger coach.

Monaco's Didier Deschamps is regarded as a likely target by the Italian media.

Trapattoni, the most successful Italian club coach of the modern era, took over from Dino Zoff as national coach after Italy's defeat by France in the finals of Euro 2000.





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