Ferrara lands Juventus role

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Juventus have handed interim coach Ciro Ferrara the post on a permanent basis after he made a good impression in the last two games of the season.

The 42-year-old, who has signed a two-year contract with the Turin-based side, replaced the sacked Claudio Ranieri last month.

When Ferrara took charge at the Stadio Olimpico, Juve were in danger of missing out on securing an automatic Champions League place, but impressive victories against Siena and Lazio ensured they finished second in Serie A behind champions Internazionale.

A statement on the club's official website read: "Ciro Ferrara, a symbol of Juventus, is our new coach.

"He will coach the club where, as a player, he won everything. He has remained faithful to the club, guiding the youth team for the last three seasons.

"He has been handed a two-year contract."

Walter Zenga has made a swift return to Serie A coaching after being unveiled in the Palermo hot-seat just days after leaving former club Catania.

The former Italy goalkeeper only stepped down from Catania - Palermo's bitter Sicilian rivals - last week after successfully keeping the club in Serie A.

Zenga had been linked with the coaching vacancy at Lazio, but has now agreed a three-year contract at the Stadio Renzo Barbera.

"He has signed a three-year deal," revealed Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini.

Claudio Ranieri and Siena boss Marco Giampaolo were both believed to be candidates for the Palermo job.

Internazionale president Massimo Moratti has dismissed talk of a swap deal involving Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o.

Sweden international Ibrahimovic is rumoured to be unsettled in Italy and interesting both Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Talk of a potential swap deal involving the two strikers gathered pace after Moratti visited his Barca counterpart, Joan Laporta, in Spain earlier in the week.

However, Moratti insists the futures of the two frontmen was not a topic of discussion.

He explained: "It has been only a dinner between friends.

"I don't see an Ibrahimovic-Eto'o exchange."