Lippi: Ferrara can quit Italy for Juventus

ROME - Interim Juventus boss Ciro Ferrara will be free to quit his backroom role with the national team if he is put in charge of the Serie A club permanently, Italy coach Marcello Lippi said on Wednesday. "If he is chosen by Juventus as their new coach he will stay in Italy and he will not come with us to South Africa (for the Confederations Cup)," Lippi told reporters at the Azzurri's training camp for Saturday's friendly against Northern Ireland. Media reports said Ferrara, who helped the Turin side win automatic Champions League qualification after Claudio Ranieri was sacked last month, and AS Roma boss Luciano Spalletti were vying for the job after Antonio Conte agreed to stay at Bari.