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Former France, PSG coach Laurent Blanc eyes move abroad amid Chelsea links

Former France, PSG coach Laurent Blanc eyes move abroad amid Chelsea links

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Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld has said he could stay at the club despite reports that he would leave in the summer.

Belgium international Alderweireld has been linked with Manchester United after failing to agree a new Spurs deal.

"Yeah, why not? he said when asked after his country's friendly win over Costa Rica whether he could stay. "I have two years left on my contract. I don't know what is going to happen."

Earlier this month, sources told ESPN FC that Tottenham and United and Tottenham were around £20 million apart in their valuations of Alderweireld.

United had hoped to tie up a deal for the defender before the World Cup but were unable to agree a fee.

Sources said they were willing to pay around £50m but Spurs value the 29-year-old at closer to £70m.

Alderweireld has a clause in his contract that allows him to leave for £25m next summer if he has not reached agreement over a new contract.

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Laurent Blanc told Le Monde he would like to prove himself as a coach outside of France as he continues to be linked to take over at Chelsea.

Blanc, 52, has been out of a job since leaving Paris Saint-Germain in 2016 and is among the candidates at Chelsea with manager Antonio Conte reportedly set to leave.

After taking time to recover from a difficult three years in Paris, he said he is ready to get back into coaching, with a move abroad high on his list of ambitions.

"When you have done three years in Paris, it's wearing," Blanc said. "I needed to take a breather. I'm very happy with that, because I'm someone who takes an interest in things outside of football.

"I have some demands in relation to myself. I would like to prove to myself that I'm capable of coaching abroad."

A centre-back during his career, Blanc played at Barcelona, Napoli, Inter Milan and Manchester United but has only coached in his native country, winning the Ligue 1 title at Bordeaux before coaching the France national team and then moving to PSG.

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard said recently that he wants to know who will manage next season, with former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri also on the club's shortlist.

"You know as well as me the market for coaches," Blanc said. "There are a lot of coaches on the market. If a new project comes along, I'll take up the challenge. If not, I'll move on to something else."

Ian is ESPN's French football correspondent. Twitter: @ian_holyman

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