Diego Maradona says he would love a return to management - at old club Napoli.

The footballing great says he would like to return to Naples, a club where he won two league titles during the clubs most successful era, but only when current boss Rafael Benitez leaves.

Speaking at a Q+A in Italy, Maradona said: "When (Rafa) Benitez leaves I would like to coach Napoli."

However, the outspoken Argentine admits it is hard for clubs to appoint him.

"There are lots of agents that are afraid of me, that's why I'm not managing at the moment. I can't get a team together."

Maradona has had previous management experience, having taken over his country as manager in 2008. During his time there, he led Argentina to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and they made it to the quarter-finals, where they were thrashed 4-0 by Germany.

Following the World Cup Maradona left his managerial post, and went on to manage Dubai club Al Wasl FC in the United Arab Emirates, but was sacked after just one year in charge.

The 52-year-old also heaped praise on controversial striker Mario Balotelli, and he enjoys the Italian's antics.

He said: "My first contact with Mario was him sending me a picture of him smoking a Cuban. I loved it! I laughed."

 Maradona knows plenty about getting himself into trouble, and he says Balotelli reminds him of what he was like as a player.

"[People should] leave him in peace... I would like to talk to Mario on our own, in a room, and explain to him all the bad experiences I had."

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