Claudio Ranieri has confirmed that he will leave Nantes if he is offered the Italy job.
The 66-year-old is believed to be one of a number of candidates being considered for the role following the departure of Gian Piero Ventura last November.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has been linked with a return to the national team after their failure to reach this summer’s World Cup, but Ranieri has made no secret of his desire to manage his country.
‘Any Italian coach would love to be in charge of the national team,’ 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.’
Ranieri has only been in charge at Nantes since June last year, with his side currently fifth in Ligue 1, 10 points behind fourth-placed Lyon.
Before moving to France, he led Leicester to a shock Premier League title in 2015-16 but was sacked in February of his second season with the club in danger of relegation to the Championship.