By Marcus Leach

As the Italian debt crisis rumbles on it is all but certain that Silvio Berlusconi will step down as Prime Minister in the coming days, however, William Hill are not counting out a possible return to the post for the beleaguered minister.

On the day that the Italian senate passed a bill of financial austerity measures demanded by the European Union, that all but seals Berlusconi's fate, William Hill are offering odds of 10/1 that he will return to the post at some stage in 2012.

"Mr Berlusconi has proved to be one of the most resilient of politicians over the years and it might be unwise to write him off completely should he keep his promise and resign imminently," said Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe.

Given the crisis Italy find themselves in the bookmakers are also offering odds of 7/2 that to become the first country to leave the Eurozone as their financial concerns mount. However, Greece are the 1/4 favourites with Portugal at 10/1 and Spain 12/1.

"It could be a cse of back to the fututre for Greece," said Hill's spokesan Graham Sharpe.

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