Javi Gracia returned to England when Leeds United appointed him as manager in February 2023.

The Spaniard’s first spell in the country was with Watford between January 2018 and September 2019.

Today’s edition of AS states the former Leeds coach is an ‘fervent follower’ of the Premier League and also a ‘meticulous analyst’ of the same competition.

Gracia spent more than 18 months at Vicarage Road but his time with the Whites lasted for less than three months. He was in charge of 12 games, of which Leeds won three and lost seven.

The 53-year-old hasn’t returned to management since he was shown the exit door at Elland Road. Despite the difficult spell at Leeds, he only has positive things to say about his time in England, where he also managed Watford.

“I have had the privilege of being able to enjoy the experience of training there in two teams and the memory is unforgettable. It was a wonderful time for me and my family, including my three children. Everything there is fantastic,” he said.

“Spain is my country, I have had the opportunity to manage several teams here and I value it a lot, but the English league has a different potential, so to speak.”

The former Hornets boss has revealed he continues to follow the Premier League closely.

Gracia has also said he’s been impressed by the style of play employed by Roberto De Zerbi, Unai Emery and Ange Postecoglou at Brighton & Hove Albion, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur respectively.

“I enjoy and draw conclusions from watching everyone, even Luton, Sheffield or Burnley. Aside from those fighting for the title, who have overwhelming power, this season I am loving Brighton, Villa and Tottenham, who are showing a daring, innovative style, with high pressure, bravery and a high level of play,” Gracia explained.