MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24: Andre Villas-Boas the manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Moscow – Three-time Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg have reached an agreement with Portuguese ex-Tottenham coach Andre Villas-Boas to become their new manager, the club press service announced Tuesday.

The club said in a statement that the former Porto, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur coach will officially sign an the agreement with Zenit on March 20 to succeed Italy's Luciano Spalletti who was sacked last week.

The contract with the 36-year-old manager will come into effect in March and will last for two seasons, report said.

Villas-Boas will be looking for strong spell at Zenit after stints at Chelsea and Tottenham ended with him being fired by the clubs and eroded his reputation as one of the world's most promising young managers. – Sapa-AFP