MARADONA ARRIVES IN PARIS
Paris Saint-Germain are delighted to announce that Diego Maradona has been appointed as manager for the remainder of the upcoming season.
Maradona has agreed to sign a one year deal with ‘Le PSG’ and will succeed Laurent Blanc following his resignation.
The former Argentina and Al Wasl manager will take on arguably his biggest managerial task at club level, stating that he wants PSG to compete on all fronts.
“Firstly, it’s an honour to have been given the opportunity of managing one of the most exciting teams in world football, a team I believe can soon leave it’s mark.”
“I’m only 52-years-old but incredibly, I began playing football before this club was even founded so there’s a lot of history to be made yet.
“(Nasser) Al-Khelaifi and his team have taken this club far since they’re takeover and I hope that this season I can add to their work and compete for various competitions because as a squad, I feel we have the capabilities to do so.
“Modestly speaking, we are among the strongest clubs in France right now so we should compete for the Coupe de France as well as the Coupe de la Ligue.
“The League I predict will be tough with the likes of AS Monaco, Olympique de Marseille, Olympique Lyonnais and Lille all wanting the title but again, we are one of the favourites.
“The UEFA Champions’ League has clearly been our sticky patch but I’m very optimistic about our chances. Clearly Bayern Munich or Barcelona will be tipped to win but in continental competitions, a favourite going all the way isn’t a rule of thumb so our chances are as good as any top team.”
Maradona also expressed his delight to be working with some familiar faces again as well as his excitement of managing talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
“I’m very happy to see some faces I already recognise well such as Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Pastore. Both of them will be vital members this season for PSG as well as Argentina in the summer.
“There’s also Thiago Silva and Edinson Cavani, who are players I like a lot, but I sense this question was asked in hope of me answering with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
“Clearly he’s an incredible player and easily one of the best this generation has seen. Like me, he’s a very enigmatic character but I love everything about his style of play so I’m eagerly anticipating the opportunity to manage such a player.”
Maradona began his footballing career at Argentinos Juniors back in 1976 and went on to represent the likes of Boca Juniors, Barcelona and Napoli.
The former FIFA World Player of the Year was the first player to hold two transfer records, moving from Boca Juniors to Barcelona for £5 million in 1982 and then to Napoli for £6.9 million two years later.
Considered by FIFA as the joint Best Player of the 20th Century alongside Brazilian legend Pele, Maradona won 91 caps for his home nation, appearing in three FIFA World Cups and winning one in 1986, infamous for his brace versus England in the quarter-finals.