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Former Napoli forward Diego Maradona has come out with the statement saying that he would love to return to Napoli as a manager.

Maradona is regarded as a legend at Napoli having played for them during the late 1980s. He is worshipped at Napoli so much so that the club has even retired the shirt number used by the Argentine during his stay in Italy.

He played for a few seasons in Italy, during which he was instrumental in helping Napoli win the league title. Even today, the league title that came to Napoli due to Diego Maradona and his exploits still remains firm within the memory of the Napoli supporters.

The Argentine has now embarked on a coaching career. He began with the Argentine national team and was relatively successful. He led the national team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and, even though Argentina failed to win the World Cup, they made a very good impression amongst the fans. However, Diego Maradona was not able to keep his job due to a number of reasons - the football news at betfair reported that it was because of a clash with the Argentine FA about Diego's coaches.

Now, managing the Middle East club Al Wasl, the Argentine legend has come out with the statement saying that he would love to manage his former club Napoli if the chance comes about.

"Maradona dreams of returning to Naples. He has become a very good trainer and deserves to be at top club in Europe" said Pietro Giordano, a close friend of Maradona who also played for Napoli during his career.

"Diego is now a coach who has evolved, he takes care of every detail and spends five to six hours a day on the field. He follows all Napoli matches and a player he loves is [Ezequiel] Lavezzi."

Napoli currently lie in 5th this season, which will see them miss out on the Champions League this season - possibly prompting a mangerial change. Napoli would start the season as one of the favourites on the Europa League betting markets.