Former Boca Juniors and Argentina striker Martin Palermo has stated that he is keen to start a coaching career in the game after retiring from playing last year.
The 38-year-old is a legend at La Bombonera and the Buenos Aires club's top goalscorer of all time; he bid an emotional goodbye last summer after a match against Gimnasia de La Plata in June 2011.
The South American has admitted that he wants to stay in the game and will become a trainer with assistance from two of his former Boca team-mates.
"My idea is to take a little while, the last long vacation to enjoy a little more time with my family. And when I return, I have a view to start coaching," Palermo told Marca.
"The coaching staff is already selected. My assistant will be Guillermo Barros Schelotto, but I have to wait six months until the retirement of Flaco [Rolando Schiavi] to add him to my work group. From there, I will start coaching."
Palermo spent three years playing in Spain with Real Betis, Alaves and, most notably, Villarreal, and would not rule out training a side in the European nation.
"Hopefully I did the right things in those three years for one team to have me as a coach and work there. It would be great to work in a league as important as the Spanish," he continued.
Palermo's testimonial is due to take place at La Bombonera on Saturday and he has revealed that there will be a number of high-profile players competing.
"Diego Maradona will be there. I asked him to come and he will come to share with me. It generates excitement," the forward enthused.
"[Carlos] Tevez will be there also. Others who will play are Oscar Cordoba, [Jorge] Bermudez, Chicho Serna, [Rodolfo] Arruabarrena, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, and many more.
“I wanted [Zinedine] Zidane, [Luis] Figo, Ronaldo to come ... I would invite [Thierry] Henry but he went to Arsenal. But there are about 50 players or more I can ask.
"I called Lionel Messi and I know he would have liked to have played, but he will not be able to come. Rodrigo Palacio, Daniel Diaz, Kun [Aguero]... I would have liked them to come, but it was difficult for them due to their commitments to their clubs."