Roberto Mancini says that negotiations to become England manager “collapsed” because of Brexit.
Mancini emerged as a potential candidate to take over the national team after Roy Hodgson’s removal following failure at Euro 2016.
The Italian was open to at least discussing the role, but Sam Allardyce was eventually appointed instead.
Mancini, who is without a job after leaving Inter Milan in August 2016, was again linked with the post when Allardyce walked in October, but Gareth Southgate was promoted from the Under-21s.
The 52-year-old, who won a Premier League title with Manchester City in 2012, says that Brexit proved an obstacle to his appointment.
“It would have been a great experience, I could have been appointed but in the end nothing happened, negotiations collapsed also due to Brexit,” he said.
“There are several clubs interested but I know nothing about my future. I’d prefer to coach a foreign team because it’s great to learn new lifestyles and mentalities.
“It would be nice to return to Premier League as well.”