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Montpellier president Louis Nicollin says he's in contact with Diego Maradona's representatives to discuss the possibility of the Argentinian legend taking over from coach René Girard, who will leave at the end of the season.

Nicollin said: "I've known for weeks, since the start of the year in fact, that Maradona has been thinking about coaching in Europe and maybe at our club. If he wants to talk to us then we'll receive him with great pleasure. We are in contact with his representatives. It's always good to talk to people who want to join your company."

Maradona, 52, has been without a coaching job since being sacked by Al-Wasl (United Arab Emirates) last summer. Nicollin is aware that the financial demands of the former Argentina coach could prove the biggest stumbling block.

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"If he agrees to come for 30,000 euros a month then we'll take him! We'll find him a villa. It's out of the question for him to stay at mine; otherwise I'd be bothered by him every day. If he comes for talks we'll call a press conference and I'll want to see more journalists there than for David Beckham's press conference in Paris.

"We've had others here at the club who haven't been easy to control! As long as he collects the points we need to stay in Ligue1!"

Nicollin, 69, famously has a football museum at his house and the colourful Montpellier owner already has some Maradona shirts in his collection: "I've got loads," he said. "I've got his World Cup 1990 shirt which Roger Milla gave me, I've got one of his Barcelona shirts and one from his Napoli days."

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