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Feb, 11, 2013

Leonardo reveals Premier League ambition

Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has revealed he would relish the opportunity to trade his designer suit for a tracksuit and manage in the Premier League.

Leonardo, 43, has been a driving force behind the Qatar Investment Authority's project to make the club one of Europe's best since being appointed in the summer of 2011.

However, the multi-lingual, cosmopolitan former Brazilian international clearly does not see himself sitting behind a desk forever.

"I will never be a coach at PSG, but I would like to one day become a manager in England," Leonardo told L'Equipe before suggesting he was far from tied to the Parc des Princes. "I live by results. I'm free and independent."

The former PSG player has already enjoyed brief spells in the dug-out, taking charge of AC Milan for the 2009-10 campaign before replacing Rafael Benitez for a six-month stint at Inter Milan the following season.

Following PSG's 3-1 win over Bastia on Friday, Italian media asked whether or not Leonardo would return to coach in Serie A, and he replied: "It's a sensitive issue with me. I like what I'm doing right now at PSG and I'm really interested in it. It's a project which is almost unique in football. It's even a privilege. But, today, I'm not making any plans."

He attempted to clarify that comment to L'Equipe, saying: "The Italian press asked me whether or not I missed Italy, and the answer to that will always be 'yes'. I lived there for 14 years. I would reply the same thing if I was asked the same question concerning Brazil."

PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti told the paper that Leonardo, his successor at AC Milan, would enjoy himself if he were to move to the Premier League.

"It's a great experience to coach in England," Ancelotti, who won the Premier League title with Chelsea, said. "I think Leo hasn't had the time to fulfil himself as a coach. Undoubtedly, he wants to go a step further one day, but today he's completely commited to the PSG project. And he's very important for this project. He has been up till now and will be again. [England] is the best for atmosphere. But the best thing, right now, is to coach Paris Saint-Germain."

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