Villas-Boas to leave Zenit at end of season

André Villas-Boas has announced that he will leave his role as Zenit coach at the end of the season, revealing that he "refused a new contract" over the summer.

André Villas-Boas has been in charge of Zenit since early 2014
André Villas-Boas has been in charge of Zenit since early 2014 ©Getty Images

André Villas-Boas has announced that he will relinquish his role as Zenit coach at the end of the season.

Villas-Boas revealed his decision on Thursday at a press conference looking ahead to this weekend's key fixture against Russian Premier League leaders CSKA Moskva, currently six points ahead of third-placed Zenit.

"The club offered me a new contract at the end of last season, but I refused and will leave the club after this campaign," said the 37-year-old. "We need to continue our job in any case, pick up points and try to succeed in the UEFA Champions League."

The former Porto, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur coach took over at Zenit in March 2014 and won the title last season. Zenit, though, have lost two of their last three league games, against Krasnodar and Krylya Sovetov.

Zenit start their UEFA Champions League Group H campaign in Valencia on Wednesday. Lyon and Gent are also in their section.

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