• Premier League

AVB could quit game in ten years

ESPN staff
June 30, 2013
Andre Villas-Boas has a dream of competing in the Dakar Rally © PA Photos

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has reiterated his desire to construct a ten-year career on the touchline before walking away from the game to pursue other interests.

Villas-Boas initially outlined his hopes for a brief and success spell as a football coach shortly after he was appointed as Chelsea manager in June 2011, although his career was stunted after an unsuccessful stint in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Yet his revival at Spurs, which has led to reported interest in his services from Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in recent months, appears to have got his personal mission back on track - as he stated in an interview with Portuguese paper O Jogo.

"For me, there is a limit and in the next five to 10 years, I will quit coaching," the 35-year-old said, in quotes carried by the Mirror.

"My passion for football makes me live it very intensively over 11 months and dedicate myself to that, but I think life allows you to enjoy other things.

"I just want to be proud of my career. I try to play good football with the teams I join and this is the recognition that fulfils me. I do not know where my career will take me. What I do know is that it will not last too long."

Villas-Boas went on to hail the appointment of Franco Baldini as Tottenham's new technical director, with the Portuguese looking ahead to the new Premier League season with optimism.

"I am used to working with a technical director and it is something I proposed because it is complicated to concentrate on the current squad and search for new players," Villas-Boas said.

"With the arrival of Franco Baldini, I believe our structure will be improved. He will allow me to dedicate myself entirely to the current team and training.

"We must grow something better at Tottenham because our reality is different from some of the other top clubs. There are four or five fighting for the title and the story of the achievements of Tottenham recently is short.

"We have the sixth-highest budget in the Premier League. Budgets do not always define the table, but we have to fight against clubs who spend more."

Villas-Boas concluded by revealing he has a dream of competing in the Dakar Rally, with his passion for racing cars seemingly matching his love of football.

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