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Michel cool on Zaragoza job

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.

Sat 31 December, 2011
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