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'Never say never': Trapattoni open to Serie A return -- reports

The Republic of Ireland boss, 74, says he could rekindle his love affair with Italian football.

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REPUBLIC OF IRELAND boss Giovanni Trapattoni says he’s open to the idea of managing in Serie A again, according to reports.

Trapattoni, who spent more than 20 seasons as a club coach in Italy, was asked about the possibility of a return some day and said —  ”Never say never.”

“I always want to win,” Italian media reports Trap, 74, as saying. “Even returning to a Serie A side like Napoli – why not?

Am I putting myself forward for the job? Everyone knows my motto: never say never in football.

I also tell club Presidents: don’t look at my birth certificate, because that doesn’t reflect my real age.

Trapattoni and assistant Marco Tardelli have been under increased pressure since Ireland’s calamitous 6-1 defeat against Germany last year and face an uphill battle to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Trap heads to Carrick-on-Shannon on Monday where he will announce his squad for the upcoming friendlies against England, Georgia and Spain as well as next month’s qualifier against the Faroe Islands.

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