Andre Villas-Boas' long-term project at White Hart Lane will last no longer than a decade, after the Tottenham manager revealed his intention to walk away from football by the time he is 45 years old.

The Portuguese coach told reporters that he plans to retire from the dugout in order to compete in the Dakar Rally off-road race before long - and could end his fledgling managerial career as soon as five years from now.

Speaking to Porto-based newspaper O Jogo, Villas-Boas was quoted as saying: "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.

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

Villas-Boas learnt his trade working under Jose Mourinho between 2002 and 2009, before becoming the youngest coach to win a European club trophy with FC Porto at 33.

Despite winning the Portuguese treble with the Dragoes in 2011, Villas-Boas remains some way behind his former mentor and is desperate to win trophies at Spurs.

"I just want to be proud of my career," he added. "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."

Villas-Boas, whose Spurs side were beaten to Champions League qualification by Arsenal, as well as his former club Chelsea, declared that it is his destiny to race in the prestigious annual Dakar Rally motor sporting event.

"To compete in the Dakar Rally is a lifetime ambition for me and is something I know I have to do," he explained. "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.”

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