Lippi to leave Guangzhou Evergrande

The Italian revealed that he would be leaving the reigning Chinese champions since he wants to return back to his native Italy. 

Lippi also confirmed that he will not coach any more club teams, but added that he is open to taking charge of a national side. 

"I will not coach in China anymore, I'm going back to Italy, I'm a little tired," Lippi, who has been club’s sporting director since November last year, told Gazzetta TV. "Guangzhou will be my last stop as club team coach. I am going back home for a break.

"But I am still enjoying the job, if I have the chance to coach a national team, I will consider spending one or two years doing that. But if no-one calls me, that's fine too."

It has been confirmed that Lippi's successor will be Fabio Cannavaro, who watched the club get their 2015 AFC Champions League campaign off to a perfect start by defeating FC Seoul 1-0 on Wednesday at Tianhe Stadium.