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The Venezuela-born coach will be announced as the Ligue 1 club's next boss on Friday, having guided Sporting Lisbon to second in the Primeira Liga last season

Leonardo Jardim has signed a three-year contract with Monaco and will be unveiled by the principality club on Friday, the Portuguese trainer's agency has revealed.

The Ligue 1 runners-up have been seeking a replacement for Claudio Ranieri since mid-May, when they announced that the Italian’s contract would be terminated.

Along with Jorge Jesus and Diego Simeone, the Venezuela-born coach quickly surfaced as one of the frontrunners and on Thursday afternoon his agency, International Foot, confirmed on its website that a deal had been brokered.

“International Foot, represented by businessman Nelson Almeida, in partnership with Paulo Tavares, mediated the transfer of the coach of Sporting Clube de Portugal Leonardo Jardim to the French team AS Monaco," read the statement.

“The coach has signed a contract for the next three seasons and will be presented tomorrow [Friday] in the presence of both impresarios.”

Jardim never played professional football, starting his coaching career aged 17 as an assistant at AD Camacha. Since then, he oversaw the likes of Braga and Olympiacos before returning Sporting to their place towards the summit of the Portuguese league with a second-placed finish this term.

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