Michel unexpectedly turns down Real Zaragoza

Michel has unexpectedly turned down the opportunity to coach Real Zaragoza, maintaining that ‘there are sporting differences between what I want and what they are prepared to offer.’

The former Rayo Vallecano and Getafe boss met Zaragoza officials in Madrid on Friday and later explained to El Larguero how negotiations had gone: “They did not get in contact with me until 7pm when I received a message informing me I had a meeting,” said the 48-year-old. I had spent all day travelling and around 2.30pm my telephone was full of messages congratulating me on signing for Zaragoza, but I had had no discussions with them.”

Clarifying the situation, he said: “At 6.30pm they asked about the possibility of meeting me and we spoke only about the sporting side of things: it was a very cordial meeting but it appears there are differences between my approach and what is possible. In the end it’s a question of time. We are 10 days into the holidays and yesterday (Thursday) they sacked Aguirre, so out of respect for the club and my work I think it’s best to look at the possibilities and say nothing in a hurry, because there are sporting differences between what I want and what they are prepared to offer.”

Michel is understood to have asked for money to bring in new players to lift Los Blanquillos off the bottom of La Liga and was also obviously unhappy his name had been leaked as the man to take over at La Romareda. While further talks between both parties cannot be discounted Zaragoza do, however, have a plan B and could now turn to former Sevilla and AEK Athens coach Manolo Jim

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