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Diego Maradona 'in negotiations' to join Dubai's Al Wasl

Argentine football legend reportedly in talks on two-year deal to become club's new manager

Diego Maradona 'in negotiations' to join Dubai's Al Wasl
Diego Maradona is reportedly in talks to become Al Wasls new manager. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Argentina's football legend Diego Maradona is in talks with Dubai's Al Wasl and could become their new manager, according to reports on Sunday.

Negotiations between the World Cup winner and officials at the Dubai football club are said to be continuing with a conclusion expected in the next 24 hours.

Speculation is rife that Maradona, who paid a visit to the club on Saturday to meet up with the players and officials during training, will sign a two-year deal.

Al Wasl are currently lying fourth in the UAE Football League table.

Maradona, 50, has been out of a job since losing his position as Argentina coach following the last World Cup where they reached the quarter-finals.

Al Wasl currently has an interim manager, Khalifa Mobarak, who took over after the club sacked Sergio Farias, UAE-based sports newspaper Sport 360 reported.

Maradona has no real experience of club management, having only previously coached two relatively small Argentine clubs - Mandiyú de Corrientes (1994) and Racing Club (1995), it added.

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Billy 9 years ago

Great role model - deliberate handball in a world cup final, addictions and an unproven track record in management. Of all the people in the world why Maradonna?