The 41-year-old former centre back Fabio Cannavaro has revealed that he would relish a managing role at the team where it all started for him, Napoli, or with national side Italy, with whom he won the World Cup in 2006.
After captaining Italy to the game's foremost trophy, Cannavaro became only the third defender of all time to win the Ballon d'Or after Germany's Franz Beckenbauer and Matthias Sammer.
And after getting a taste for management at Guangzhou Evergrande in China recently, the man nicknamed 'The Berlin Wall' has said that it is 'a dream' of his to coach Napoli or Italy
Cannavaro took over Guangzhou Evergrande in November 2014 but was replaced by former Chelsea and Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari in June.
He came through Napoli's youth set-up, spending three years in their first team between 1992-1995, before moving to Parma where he made 212 appearances.
He went on to play for some of the game's biggest club sides in Inter Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid but told Corriere dello Sport that his heart lies in Naples.
'Sure it's a dream to coach Napoli as well as the national team,' he said.
'You always have to dream big and think big.
'I will think about some offers and in the meantime I will keep developing as a coach.
'I will go to England, and maybe even see Maurizio Sarri at Napoli or Massimiliano Allegri at Juventus.
'Beyond studying, though, I think a coach should mainly have knowledge of football; if you do not know what to say to the players then you are not going anywhere.'
By JOHN DOWNES