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Indonesia eyes ex-Chelsea boss Mourinho

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho before a UEFA Champions League between Maccabi Tel Aviv and Chelsea in Haifa, Israel, November 24, 2015. REUTERS/John Sibley/Fil

 Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has emerged as a likely contender to train Indonesia's national team. Meanwhile, Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri has been tipped to become Italy's national coach.


Indonesia's sports minister confirmed Tuesday that he wants to appoint Mourinho as the national coach.

The  'Special One' has been out of a job since he was sacked by Chelsea in December.

Up until now, Mourinho had been earmarked to replace Louis van Gaal at Manchester United.

But sports minister Imam Nahrawi said he hopes the 53-year-old will pick l Indonesia over England.

If Mourinho does go to Indonesia, he'll come with a hefty price tag and its not clear whether Jakarta can afford him or not.

The team is still banned from competing in international competitions after their suspension last May over allegations of government interference in football.

Meanwhile, in Italy, Claudio Ranieri was named football coach of the season on Monday. He scooped up the presitigous Enzo Bearzot award for leading outsiders Leicester City to victory in the Champions League in England.

 Italy's Football Federation president Carlo Tavecchio now wants Ranieri to work his magic on the national team.

"I would never rule it out. I would love it. And Leicester's blue shirts are already quite similar to those of Italy," Ranieri said in a Gazzetta dello Sport interview Tuesday.

However, the 64-year old's heart remains firmly at Leicester, which he believes, could spring a few more surprises in next season's Champions League.