Villas-Boas to leave Zenit

Villas-Boas to leave Zenit

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Former Chelsea manager Zenit St Pertersburg will leave at the end of the current Russian season after being refused the chance to leave earlier this summer. 

Villas-Boas, 37, managed Chelsea for less than one season in 2011-12 after an impressive season with Porto, with which he won the treble of Portuguese league, cup and Europa League, led Chelsea to appointing him after sacking Carlo Ancelotti.

He was replaced by Roberto Di Matteo who finished the season as caretaker manager and won the Champions League and FA Cup. The Portuguese joined Zenit after an successful season-and-a-half with Spurs and won the Russian league title in his first full campaign but there has been a swift reversal in fortunes. He is currently serving a six-match ban after assaulting a fourth official in a home defeat.

That came after he requested the chance to leave Russia in favour of returning to one of Western Europe’s major leagues- he was linked with Real Madrid at one point. He has confirmed in a statement on Zenit’s official website that he has refused an extension to the two-year contract he signed in 2014.

The club are third in the Russian league and failed to make adequate improvements to the squad in the transfer window.