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Former Real Madrid manager open to Premier League move

Modified 20 Dec 2019, 21:33 IST

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What's the story?

Former Real Madrid and Spain manager Julen Lopetegui has hinted at a move to the Premier League following his dismal stint with the European champions last year.

In case you didn't know...

Lopetegui endured a disastrous stint at the Santiago Bernabeu last year when he was fresh out of a pre-World Cup sacking from the Spanish national team.

The 52-year-old had a difficult time helping the squad recuperate from the loss of their star talisman Cristiano Ronaldo and his time in Madrid quickly turned sour after the team found themselves with only a single win in seven games.

A humiliating 5-1 defeat to Barcelona in a Clasico game was eventually the last straw for the club, who immediately announced his sacking soon after the game. Lopetegui was eventually replaced by Santiago Solari, who is currently still in charge of the side.

The heart of the matter

It appears Lopetegui is now ready to get back in the game as he has revealed his desire to work in the best leagues in Europe. The former Spain coach has never worked outside of Spain and Portugal but in his latest interview with BBC, he has shown an open mind to a move to the English top flight.

When asked if he'd manage a Premier League side, he said, "A coach needs to be open for the future, but if I can choose, I prefer to be in the best leagues."

"England is a fantastic league. When you watch a match in England, you can feel the atmosphere, the respect for the players and the coaches, this is very important. I want to feel that. Of course, Spain is a fantastic league too, with fantastic players and coaches, but we will see."

What's next?

After their 2-1 win over Ajax in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16, Real Madrid will look to close in the gap between Barcelona and themselves in La Liga when they face Girona on Sunday.

Published 14 Feb 2019, 15:15 IST
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