In what would be a shock return to football for Diego Maradona, Montpellier chairman Louis Nicollin has admitted that he is open to holding talks with the Argentine legend over the possibility of becoming the club's new manager.

Montpellier's current coach, Rene Girard, who led the side to the Ligue 1 crown last season, is set to depart the club when his contract expires in June and it has become clear that Montpellier have a new coach firmly in their sights.

"I know for weeks that Maradona is thinking to coach in Europe and maybe with us. If he wants to come and talk with us, we would welcome him with pleasure; we are in contact with his representatives. I am very keen to meet him," the Montpellier chairman told L'Equipe.

"If he would accept for the minimum wages, we would hire him. I would find him a villa, it is out of the question to make him live in my house, otherwise if he comes to talk, we would prepare a nice press conference and I want more journalists than for the David Beckham press conference in Paris."

Maradona has not held a high profile manager's role since he coached Argentina at the 2010 World Cup, and according to the Argentine's agent Youssef Haijoub he would be open to a move to the French side.

"Maradona almost signed in Iraq, but refused for security reasons. Since he is not managing Al-Wasl, he really wants to work in Europe. He had first contact with Italian and English sides, but he is attracted by Montpellier.

"It is a club with history, trophies and several South American players in its group. He told me: 'Youssef, rush on with it and work fine on that case.' Mr Nicollin is attracted too and I am convinced they could get on very fine together."


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