x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

I want to see my new son play for Argentina with Messi and Aguero's kids, admits Maradona

The former Al Wasl coach plans to return to Argentina when his contract as Dubai's sports ambassador expires this summer to see newborn Diego Fernando.

Former Al Wasl coach Diego Maradona.
Former Al Wasl coach Diego Maradona.

Diego Maradona admits he dreams of seeing his new son playing for Argentina - alongside the children of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero.

The former Al Wasl coach, now a sporting ambassador for Dubai, plans to fly back to Argentina when his contract in the UAE expires in June to see baby Diego Fernando.

And he hopes to see the youngster play alongside Benjamin Aguero - who is Maradona's grandson - and Thiago Messi in future.

"One of them will have to play as a midfielder," he told a radio station in Dubai.

"I think Thiago will command the others. Benjamin (Aguero) will play as a forward and Thiago will play alongside Dieguito Fernando,"

The former national team coach scored 34 times in 91 appearances for Argentina during a World Cup winning career. So far Aguero has made 42 appearances at international level - scoring 17 goals - while four-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi has 31 goals from his 77 appearances for Argentina to date.

Maradona's former girlfriend Victoria Ojeda gave birth in Buenos Aires last week, and the 52-year-old admits he is ready to play the doting father.

"I'm under contract in Dubai until June, and then I'll go to Argentina but I won't stay long," he said.

"I'll see him (Diego Fernando) all the time possible. He will have everything he needs."

Maradona was appointed sporting ambassador for Dubai in September last year, two months after having his contract as Al Wasl coach terminated.

Maradona had two daughters, Dalma and Giannina, with his ex-wife Claudia Villafane, and also fathered a son - Diego Jr - during his time at Napoli in the 1980s.

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