BUENOS AIRES, May 16 (Xinhua) -- Former Argentina international defender Gabriel Heinze could replace Andre Villas-Boas as head coach of Ligue 1 club Marseille, according to media reports.
Villas-Boas' future is uncertain after Marseille sacked director of football Andoni Zubizarreta, a decision that is said to have upset the former Porto, Chelsea, Tottenham and Shanghai SIPG boss.
Should Villas-Boas leave, Marseille will target either Heinze, who represented the club as a player from 2009 to 2011, or Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim, Argentina's Ole news service reported.
Marseille finished second behind Paris Saint-Germain in France's 2019-20 top flight season, which was cut short because of the coronavirus pandemic. Villas-Boas took charge of Marseille in May last year after the club finished fifth in the league in 2018-19.
Heinze resigned as head coach of Argentinian Superliga side Velez Sarsfield in March after more than two years in the role.
He has also managed Argentinian sides Juniors and Godoy Cruz since starting his coaching career in 2015.
As a player, the 42-year-old was capped 72 times for Argentina's national team and played in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups. In addition to his time at Marseille, Heinze's club career included spells at Sporting Lisbon, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Roma. Enditem