Maradona to have fresh contract talks with Argentine Football Association chief

July 26th, 2010 - 5:24 pm ICT by ANI  

London, July 26 (ANI): Argentina coach Diego Maradona, 49, will today hold talks with Argentine Football Association president Julio Grondona, on what sources say will be a new four-year deal.

“I really want to stay, but it depends on Grondona,” Maradona told El Show del Futbol on America TV last night after returning to Buenos Aires following a trip to Venezuela to visit president Hugo Chavez.

“If they touch a hair of one of my guys, even if the masseur or the kit man, I’m going. I want to continue the adventure but not with (just) anyone. I chose these people. I want to continue working with them,” The Independent quoted Maradona, as saying.

Grondona has criticized one of Maradona’s assistants, former Argentina defender Oscar Ruggeri in the wake of the team’s World Cup exit.

“I already asked and I will continue to ask that Ruggeri joins me,” he added.

He said: “It’s a constant struggle. This is the first thing I will discuss with Grondona.”

Argentina struggled to qualify for South Africa after Maradona took over from previous coach Alfio Basile and their campaign came to an end with a 4-0 defeat to Germany in the last eight.

Nevertheless, Grondona believes Maradona has been successful so far in difficult circumstances.

He told Radio Mitre last week: “He took over at a very difficult moment and he qualified, which is important. And, he finished fifth, better than in other World Cups - all of that should be valued.

“It seems to me to be only correct that he stay on. I don’t see why not,” he added. (ANI)

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