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Maradona hoping to remain as Al Wasl coach

Diego Maradona has released a statement in the wake of his sacking as head coach at Al Wasl.

The Argentine legend was relieved of his duties as manager of the UAE Pro-League club on Tuesday after an unsuccessful first season in charge but he feels it is merely a misunderstanding with the board and owner Sheik Ahmed bin Rashid regarding funds for player purchases.

Maradona has made it clear that he wants to remain in the position as Al Wasl head coach and plans to hold talks with the hierarchy to sort out any differences.

"I would like to say that it has always been my wish to remain in this wonderful country which has always received me very well, and I am completely grateful to the Sheik for receiving me and giving me the opportunity to coach an Emirati club," read the statement released by Maradona.

"The fact is that in the last days, we had been talking to try to come to an agreement regarding the purchase of new players, which is a requirement to be able to win the league with great results.

"I will always be grateful to him and I would like to make it clear that I was always happy at the club and happy with their support.

"Regrettably, the club issued a statement that I do not support because my wish was and is to coach Al Wasl.

"If it is impossible for the club to buy new players because they lack the funds to do it, there will always be the possibility to discuss this together with the board to try to find solutions.

"I hope that I will soon have a meeting with them to address these matters. I am sure they are willing to discuss them and that we will reach an amicable agreement."

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