GUANGZHOU, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- Italian veteran coach Marcello Lippi has turned down an offer from Guangzhou Evergrande to extend his contract which will expire at the end of the 2014 season, the Chinese Super League champions said on Monday.
"We expressed our wish in December last year to extend his contract, but he (Lippi) did not give us a nod," Liu Yongzhuo, the president of the Evergrande club, told a press conference.
According to Liu, Lippi was reluctant to stay at Evergrande beyond 2014 mainly because he was "tired".
"We had an extreme long season in 2013. Our team started training in January and didn't finish our obligation until four days before Christmas. So it was very stressful for the head coach," said Liu.
Lippi, 65, was also present at the press conference but made no reply when asked about negotiations over a contract extension.
The World Cup-winning coach joined Evergrande in May 2012 and has led them to win two Chinese Super League, a Chinese FA Cup and the 2013 AFC champions league titles.
There have been rumors that Lippi is likely to coach a national team once he completes his contract with Evergrande.