‘One day it would be nice to be able to return as a coach’: Fabio Cannavaro reveals ambitions to work in Italy after leading Guangzhou Evergrande to Chinese title
- Fabio Cannavaro is enjoying his second spell at Guangzhou Evergrande
- The former Italy centre-back has previously coached in Dubai and Saudi Arabia
- Cannavaro says that ‘some of his former team-mates are struggling’ in Italy
Fabio Cannavaro has opened the door to a potential return to Italy after admitting he would like to return to his homeland as a coach in the future.
Cannavaro captained Italy to World Cup glory back in 2006 but has since forged a managerial career abroad, having worked in Dubai, Saudi Arabia and China.
At the weekend he led Guangzhou Evergrande to the Chinese title, having also helped the club to reach the semi-finals of the Asian Champions League.
Fabio Cannavaro has revealed he’s open to a return to Italy in a managerial role in the future
Cannavaro celebrated guiding Guangzhou Evergrande to the Chinese title on Sunday
Cannavaro’s managerial career has so far been spent in Saudi Arabia, Dubai and China
However, his future is unclear after he was suspended by the club for three months for ‘not conforming to Chinese etiquette’ before returning to lead the club to success.
‘Our primary objectives are to help our young players grow and win everything,’ the 45-year-old told Gazzetta dello Sport.
‘I have a three-year contract here, but one day it would be nice to be able to return to Italy as a coach. However, I see a lot of my former colleagues and friends who are struggling as coaches there.’
The former Italy captain led his nation to World Cup glory back in Germany back in 2006
Cannavaro is currently in his second spell at the club, having managed them between November 2014 and June 2015.
He embarked on his second spell in charge in 2017 following the departure of former Italy boss Marcello Lippi.