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Former Chelsea boss Villas-Boas in talks with Sao Paulo

2012-06-09 06:58:06 GMT2012-06-09 14:58:06(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 9 (Xinhua) -- Former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is reportedly in talks with Sao Paulo about a move to the Brazilian club.

The 34-year-old Portuguese met Sao Paulo president Juvenal Juvencio during a visit to Brazil's biggest city last month and said he would consider a deal at the end of the year, Marca Brasil reported on Friday.

It is understood Villas-Boas' preference is to take up a coaching position in Europe but in the event no offer is forthcoming he could accept the Brazilian offer.

Villas-Boas revealed in Sao Paulo that one of his career ambitions was to coach in South America.

"The only thing that I have as an ambition in my career is to work in diverse leagues," Villas-Boas said.

"Argentina and Brazil are different places and are not the normal destinations of a European coach. They provide a stimulating challenge that I hope to take on at some stage.

"When that might happen, I don't know. But it would be a great pleasure to one day coach in those leagues."

Villas-Boas was sacked by Chelsea in March after just nine months in charge at the English Premier League club.

In 2010 he become the youngest manager ever to win a European competition by leading Porto to the UEFA Europa League title in addition to Portugal's Primeira Liga and Copa Portuguesa.

Sao Paulo, currently coached by Emerson Leao, has just three points from its first three matches in Brazil's Serie A championship.


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