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Former Milan and Lazio manager Alberto Zaccheroni has been holding talks with Premiership clubs about a possible position in England.

“Yes, there has been contact but I do not think it is fair to talk about with whom,” Zaccheroni told BBC Sport.

“I would bring the experience of having managed at the top of Serie A in Italy – and as a manager I always get the best out of the players I coach.

“I think that the successful managers like Arsene Wenger, Rafael Benitez and Jose Mourinho came to the Premiership after having managed at the top in France, Spain and Portugal.

“I like the fair play of English players, their enthusiasm and the fact that the players always give everything. I also love the passion of the supporters.”

Zaccheroni singled out several English players, but he reserved particular praise for Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.

“I also like Rooney, Lampard and Terry but Gerrard is my favourite.

“Gerrard is so versatile. He is a player who makes the difference.”

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