Monday December 2 2019
Cannavaro: 'Italy return one day'

Fabio Cannavaro says he has ambitions of coaching in Italy “one day” after guiding Guangzhou Evergrande to yet another Chinese title.

Cannavaro was suspended by Evergrande for three games for not conforming to Chinese etiquette, but he returned with a month of the season left to push them over the line, ahead of Beijing Guoan.

With his first top-flight title now behind him, the former Juventus and Italy defender admits he would like to work in his homeland again soon.

“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 Chinese club also reached the semi-finals of the Asian Champions League.

Cannavaro is in his second spell with Evergrande, having first coached them from November 2014 to June 2015.

He returned in November 2017 after Marcello Lippi left to become CT of the Chinese national team.

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