Former Italy national team coach Marcello Lippi is on the verge of a return to China, this time to coach its national side.

The 68-year-old, who won the World Cup with the Azzurri in 2006, was previously in charge of Guangzhou Evergrande between 2012 and 2014 where he won the Chinese League title three times, the Chinese Cup in 2011 and the Asia Champions League in 2012-13.

Tuttosport are reporting that Marcello Lippi is in the frame to become the new coach of the Chinese national team (Reuters)

Tuttosport are reporting that Marcello Lippi is in the frame to become the new coach of the Chinese national team (Reuters)Reuters

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However in a new turn of events, his former employers have given him the green light to join the national team, a deal that is only awaiting an official annoucement.

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