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Maradona hints at resignation

Sports Desk |
Update: 2010-07-05 02:41:32

BUENOS AIRES: Argentina coach Diego Maradona hinted he may resign as he returned home following his side`s World Cup elimination, according to a report from Argentine cable channel Cronica TV.

"That`s it, my cycle has finished," Maradona reportedly said as he arrived at his home here on Sunday evening. "I gave all I had."

The day before, the captain of Argentina`s 1986 World Cup-winning side said: "I haven`t decided about my future yet. I have to talk to my family, the players and the federation. It depends on lots of things."

Luis Segura, president of Maradona`s formative club Argentinos Juniors and a close friend of Argentine Football Association (AFA) president Julio Grondona, said that it was up to Maradona to decide on his future.

"The person who`ll have to decide if he continues or not is Maradona," Segura told TyC sports channel.

"It depends on him. But Grondona has never interrupted a (national coach`s) contract and if Diego decides to continue, he`ll continue.

"I think he should see out his contract, which expires after next year`s Copa America in Argentina."

Argentina, one of the pre-tournament favourites, were knocked out of the World Cup after losing 4-0 to Germany in the quarter-finals but were greeted by 10,000 cheering fans when they retured to the country on Sunday.

BDST: 2333hrs, July 5, 2010

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