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Michel cool on Zaragoza job

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 31 Dec 2011


Real Madrid legend Michel says he will not be filling the coaching vacancy at Real Zaragoza.

The ex-Getafe man emerged as one of the prime candidates to take over at Zaragoza, following the sacking of Mexican coach Javier Aguirre after a poor start to the 2011/12 season.

Michel, who made over 400 appearances as a player for Real Madrid, has not coached since the end of last season when he was released by Getafe despite saving them from relegation.

Speaking on Saturday the 48-year-old said there had been contact from the club, but added that there was no prospect of him taking the job.

“I spent the whole of (Friday) travelling and when I arrived back in Madrid, I saw that the telephone was full of messages congratulating me for my new job in Zaragoza,” Michel told AS.

“I was surprised because I had not had any previous negotiations with them.”

“(Zaragoza) enquired over the possibility of meeting with me. We talked about sporting subjects and it was a cordial meeting, but it seems that there are differences in how I see the situation and what they are able to offer me.”

“I don’t think it will be easy for this to be resolved today, tomorrow or in a week. I have given my opinion and project for the club, and if they choose to fulfil this then negotiations will remain open. I cannot change my project because it is a realistic one.”

Zaragoza are bottom of La Liga, having picked up just 10 points from their first 16 fixtures.


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