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Maradona claims English interest

Former Argentina coach Diego Maradona says he will fly into England next month for talks with a Premier League club with a view to becoming their new manager, though Fulham have confirmed to ESPNsoccernet that they are not the club in question.

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Maradona has been out of work since leaving his post with Argentina in July, less than a month after guiding them to the World Cup quarter-finals.

Many felt that the South Americans, who had World Player of the Year Lionel Messi spearheading one of the most talented squads at the finals, severely underachieved in South Africa - with the blame generally pointed at Maradona's tactical naivety.

His last game in charge was a 4-0 drubbing by Germany in the last eight, but the Argentina legend, who broke English hearts with his 'Hand of God' goal in the 1986 World Cup, has expressed his desire to try his hand at managing a Premier League side.

"In February I will be travelling to England to listening to a formal proposal from a team from there who wants to talk to me," Maradona said during a trip to Uruguay to visit his daughter.

"If they convince me I might accept the position. I'm not desperate (but) I know that some day I'll be the coach again of some team."

Reports in Argentina suggest that the club in question is Fulham, who Maradona visited as a guest of owner Mohamed Al-Fayed in November.

But a source at Craven Cottage was quick to dismiss the reports - telling ESPNsoccernet: "It's not us. The reports are utter rubbish".

That is sure to increase the mystery about which club Maradona plans to talk to, with his close friend and former team-mate Ossie Ardiles informing ESPNsoccernet that the Argentinean is serious about his desire to manage in England.

Maradona's coaching experience is certainly limited; his spell with the Argentina national team was his first job since ill-fated tenures at Mandiyu de Corrientes and Racing Club came to an end in the mid-90s.

But despite this, he was heavily linked with the Blackburn Rovers job after Sam Allardyce's sacking last month, and also recently expressed his displeasure at not being given the opportunity to take the reins at former club Boca Juniors.

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