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AVB to quit coaching in ´five to 10 years´

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas plans to retire from football in the next five to 10 years to take up other pursuits, including motorsport.

Villas-Boas – who is just 35 years old – took charge of Academica at the age of 31 before taking charge of Porto and Chelsea.

Currently at Tottenham, Villas-Boas led the White Hart Lane outfit to a fifth-placed Premier League finish last season.

The Portuguese coach says he loves working in football, but does not see himself embarking on a long-term career in management, and added that competing in the Dakar Rally is a long-held ambition of his.

“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,” Villas-Boas told O Jogo.

“For me, there is a limit and, in the next five to 10 years, I will quit coaching.

“To compete in the Dakar Rally is a lifetime ambition for me and is something I know I have to do.

“It went from a passion to an obligation, a destination of life, but I can only do it when I leave football. I will do it.”

Villas-Boas wants his sides to play an attacking style of football and believes if he manages to achieve that for the majority of his career, he will leave the game as a happy man.

“I just want to be proud of my career,” he said.

“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.”

Sun 30 Jun, 2013
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