Italy legend Andrea Pirlo has revealed that he is considering a move into coaching and would like to work with the Azzurri.
The 38-year-old retired in November last year, having played out the final years of his career with MLS side New York City.
Italy, who failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, are currently on the lookout for a new manager, with former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini believed to be the frontrunner for the role.
"I'll speak with (Italian FA sub-commissioner Alessandro) Costacurta because he's a friend," Pirlo told Sky Sports. "I see him often.
"If there's a way to work together then great but we'll decide over time. I'm still young, I have time to think about it.
"It would be nice to work with the national team, the blue shirt has always been a second skin."
Pirlo - who has a farewell testimonial planned at the San Siro later this month - also said he would be keen to once again work with his former manager Carlo Ancelotti.
He said: "We talked about it recently with Carlo. We talked about the possibility of coaching together.
"He was a special person who taught us so much on a human level, so I just want to thank him for that."