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Maradona Not Quitting

  • SI.com, Friday, October 9, 2009 3:45 PM
Diego Maradona insists that people misinterpreted comments he made earlier this week that suggested he might quit after Argentina's final two World Cup qualifying matches. Now Maradona affirms his commitment to his team and country.

"I am neither quitting nor going, I want to make that clear to everyone," he told reporters at the press conference ahead of the game against Peru on Saturday. "I have to have a meeting with [Argentinian federation president Julio] Grondona and, if everything goes well, then I will continue and if not, then we shall see.

"I did not speak about [technical secretary Carlos] Bilardo or anybody else. People should not interpret these things as they want to. They should not look to find something that is not there. The day that I decide to leave I will tell everyone."

Maradona said that Argentina was ready for "the two most important games in my career as a coach." Argentina hosts Peru on Saturday and then travels to Uruguay later in the week.

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