AVB to quit coaching in next 10 years for competing in Dakar Rally | inside World Soccer

Tottenham Hotspur manager André Villas-Boas has revealed that he would love to take part in the 6,000-mile Dakar Rally once he ends his managerial career in the next 10 years.

André Villas-Boas is seen in the paddock before the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix
André Villas-Boas is seen in the paddock before the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix

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The Dakar Rally was once the Paris-Dakar Rally and finished in the Senegalese capital, but due to security problems along the route, the race has been held in South America since 2009.

Villas-Boas, who owns five motorbikes and is part-owner of a dozen sports cars, is keen to fulfill his dream of competing in the Dakar Rally in the future, but only when he has turned his back on football.

Speaking to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, Villas-Boas said: "My passion for football makes me live it very intensively over 11 months and dedicate myself to that, but I think life allows you to enjoy other things.

"For me, there is a limit and, in the next five to 10 years, I will quit coaching.

"To compete in the Dakar Rally is a lifetime ambition for me and is something I know I have to do.

"It went from a passion to an ­obligation, a destination of life, but I can only do it when I leave football. I will do it."

The 35-year-old added: "I just want to be proud of my career. I try to play good ­football with the teams I join and this is the recognition that fulfils me.

"I do not know where my ­career will take me. What I do know is that it will not last too long."

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