For weeks, Julen Lopetegui has been linked with a move to Saudi Arabia, with some reports even saying a deal was close to being concluded.

Having left Wolves in August of this year, following disagreements over how the club would be moving forward, the Spaniard has been out of work since.

In Spain, there’s been repeat claims that the work he did at Wolves has left him with a good standing in the Premier League, and that should be helpful in the coming weeks.

AS now report that Lopetegui has rejected the chance to take over at Al Ittihad.

Despite obviously receiving a very attractive financial offer and the opportunity to work with players including Karim Benzema, the manager has other ideas for the near future.

According to the Spanish newspaper, Lopetegui is planning a quick return to the Premier League, with AS very much making it sound like he’s eyeing this season.

The report states there are already ‘several teams’ who could offer him a deal in the short term. That would clearly be related to sides struggling and thinking twice about their manager.

Again, it’s stated Lopetegui is held in high regard in England following his time with Wolves.