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Cannavaro wants English, Spanish clubs’ offers

by Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor, Abuja

Azzurri legend Fabio Cannavaro longs to return to coaching after parting ways with Chinese topflight club Tianjin in 2021.

The 2006 World Cup-winning star voted the ‘2006 FIFA Footballer of the Year’, disclosed that he has spoken to several clubs in England and Spain to get back to coaching.

However, Cannavaro, commenting on Ivan Perisic’s move to Tottenham from Inter Milan, noted that it poses a threat to the Italian league which lags behind the English Premier League and Spanish La Liga.

Furthermore, the former Tianjin boss pointed out that Paul Pogba’s prospective move back to Juventus is a welcome development but hopes that the France World Cup-winning star can replicate his old form which attracted Manchester United to resign him at a club-record fee.

According to a report by La Gazzetta dello Sport, Cannavaro said, “I want to return to the pitch, but I am in no rush.

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“I’ve spoken to several clubs in England and Spain, but I must be convinced about the decision. It’s not a matter of money, but I must feel the ambition to reach specific targets.

“It’s complicated for Serie A sides to fill the gap with La Liga and Premier League clubs.

“Perisic’s move to the Premier League isn’t a good sign,” he opined.

Speaking about Pogba, he continued: “I hope we’ll see the real Pogba again, one of his first spells at Juventus.

“He needs to find the right motivations because the midfielder we’ve seen in the last few seasons isn’t useful to Juventus or France,” added the Italian legend.

Cannavaro, nevertheless, defended coach Gennaro Gattuso who was accused by some Valencia fans of racism.

In his defence, he exemplified Gattuso who he acknowledged as a good coach that has impressive records.

He added that he is aware that the directors at Valencia are having some issues among themselves, the kind once experienced by Tottenham, and advised that the rants from fans on social media should be treated with kid gloves.

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