Legendary Italian coach Fabio Capello says he’ll be happy to take charge of the Russian national team if he gets the offer.
Football agent Shumi Babaev told Sport-Express that he had a phone conversation with Capello, in which the manager confirmed his interest in the job.
“If the country's leadership and the RFU bosses decide to stick with his candidacy, he’ll be glad to come to Russia,” the agent stressed.
“From my point of view, Capello is the best option for the head coach position. He’s very disciplined, he can sometimes be strict, and more importantly, has his own views on football,” Babaev added.
The Italian is currently unemployed, as he left the English national team after the country’s Football Association stripped John Terry of the captaincy against his wishes this February.
“Capello won’t need a lot of time to adopt in Russia. He’s a polyglot and will be able to master the Russian language in the shortest time possible,” the agent stressed.
The 66-year-old has won five Serie A titles with AC Milan and Roma, bagged two Spanish crowns with Real Madrid and is also the winner of the UEFA Champions League.
The Italian has already been contacted by the Russian Football Union when it was looking for a replacement to Guss Hiddink two years ago. Back then he declined the proposal, but now the situation seems different.
Former CSKA Moscow boss Valery Gazzaev, and Zenit coach Luciano Spalett, are also named among the candidates for the position, which became vacant as Dick Advocaat returned to Holland after the failed Euro 2012.
Sports minister, Vitaly Mutko, promised that the name of the new Russian football coach will be announced on July 20.