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FABRIZIO RAVANELLI has not ruled out a move into management at Derby County following a spate of speculation that he was being lined up as a future replacement to Colin Todd.

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The White Feather insists that nobody has mentioned a change of role to him, but that he would think over any offer.

"I know nothing about taking over as a manager," insisted Ravanelli. "I will concentrate on playing for now and then I will think about the situation.

"The problem is not only with the defence, we are struggling to create chances and the next five games will be vital to our chances of staying up.

"There are many problems that must be resolved."

Ravanelli's name was mentioned over the weekend, as Derby struggle to pull themselves out of a recent slump than has included an embarrassing 3-1 defeat by Third Division Bristol Rovers that expelled them from the FA Cup.

The prolific goalscorer thinks the fact that his name was linked is a sign of the burgeoning English league.

"The esteem for Italians has gown remarkably in England, and the game has grown and become spectacular as well.

"I think Manchester United or Liverpool will win the title, but Leeds and Arsenal are also in with a chance."

Ravanelli reserved special praise for one of the Premiership's rising stars, as he cast his eye over some of the players he rates.

"Personally I have the greatest admiration for West Ham's young midfielder Joe Cole.

"He is a great player and I also rate his team-mate Trevor Sinclair.

"At Derby we have some promising young players such as Malcolm Christie and Danny Higginbotham."