Roberto Mancini approached by Zenit

MOSCOW - Roberto Mancini has been approached to coach Russian Premier League club Zenit St Petersburg, the former Inter Milan boss said.

"I haven't signed a contract but it is an interesting project," the 44-year-old Italian, who was sacked by Inter in May 2008 after leading them to three consecutive Serie A titles, was quoted as saying by local media.

Zenit fired Dutchman Dick Advocaat last week following a run of poor results and replaced him with the club's youth team coach Anatoly Davydov on an interim basis.