Diego Maradona has warned the owners at Al Wasl that he may not return to coach the team next season if it doesn't buy the kind of players that would allow him to compete for the league title.

Speaking at a news conference Tuesday, the Argentine football great complained that the United Arab Emirates club didn't bring in enough quality players during the recent January transfer window. It signed two foreign players - Mohammad-Reza Khalatbari of Iran and Juan Ignacio Mercier of Argentina - but Maradona said he had wanted to sign several others as well, without providing names.

Maradona, who signed a two-year deal with the club in May, has already conceded the team is unlikely to win the title this year. It is in fifth place, nine points behind league leader Al Ain.