Former Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas has set his eyes on Real Madrid and Barcelona as he looks to make a return to managing this summer. Sacked from Tottenham following a lacklustre performance, Villas Boas has been on the look-out for a new job and believes that he will be back to managing next season.
Talking about his future, the young manager admitted that he will not make a return till Summer as the current season is still under way. He did not rule out a return to the English Premier League but stated in clear terms that he will be working away from England next season.
“It is not the right time now because the season is almost finishing, but in June I’ll start once again, fresh, and in another country.”
“For the English Premier League, I won’t be working there next year, but hopefully it can happen in the future.”
Andre Villas Boas spoke about his desire to manage in Spain, stating that it would be a dream to manage Real Madrid and Barcelona. Speaking with Marca, he told the Spanish daily that he is keeping his options open.
“They are the best two clubs in the world. One has the most trophies and the other has set the bar in recent years. The legacy Guardiola left behind is incredible. For a young coach like me, training either one would be a dream come true.”
Andre Villas Boas has reportedly been short-listed by Barcelona as a possible replacement for Tata Martino who has not been able to steer Barcelona in the desired direction. Barcelona sit three points behind arch-rival Real Madrid and have lost two of their last league games to relinquish their lead in the Spanish La Liga.
The Portuguese is keeping his options open and is looking to gather as much experience as possible at different clubs.
“I would like to get to know other leagues and I have had offers from various teams. From around next June I am sure I will be managing again.”
He also expressed his desire to be manage the national team one day, a desire that has been echoed by Mourinho in the past.
“I am a young manager, but of course I would like to coach the Portuguese national team one day too.”
The Portuguese used to work under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and has since then went on to work for a string of football clubs. The 36 year old manager started his career as a manager at Porto and then moved to manage Chelsea. Many believed the youngster was following the path laid out by once-mentor Jose Mourinho however Villas Boas was sacked from Chelsea which is now being managed by Mourinho himself. Villas Boas worked with Tottenham for a year and a half and over-saw an expensive over-haul of the entire squad last summer. But the team failed to kick-start their campaign this season which resulted in him being shown the door.
Talking about his former player Gareth Bale, who left Spurs to join Real Madrid last summer, the Portuguese spoke about the great opportunity that Real Madrid has presented the Welsh winger with.
“Gareth Bale is having a really good season. He knows he is facing one of the biggest challenges of his career.”
“Signing for Madrid was his decision because he had lots of offers. Bale wanted to sign for the team with the most titles. He always wanted to go to Madrid.”
The former Tottenham manager also spoke about Spanish striker Soldado who he brought to London from Valencia for a sum of £26 million. He was frank about Soldado’s chances of earning a berth in the upcoming World Cup, saying that it will be very difficult for the striker to earn himself a spot in the squad.
“I hope Soldado can go to the World Cup but it will be very difficult. He is a great striker and a great person, but he has not been called up to the last few squads by Vicente del Bosque.”
It now remains to be seen what the future holds for the Portuguese youngster who clearly has made an early start in his managerial career. It will be interesting if he lands himself at the Camp Nou this summer, a club that was at loggerheads with his former mentor Jose Mourinho.
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