Julen Lopetegui recently turned down a huge offer from Saudi Arabia, which may come as good news for Nottingham Forest if they decide to move for him.
AS cover the Spanish manager today and how money is very much not a motivating factor for him as he eyes up his next job.
Lopetegui has found himself linked with the Nottingham Forest job over the course of this week as pressure mounts on current Reds boss Steve Cooper.
The Welshman appears to be on the brink at the City Ground after a dreadful run of form, including Wednesday’s 5-0 loss to Fulham, left them looking over their shoulders once again.
He maintains the support of the fanbase, who sang his name at Craven Cottage, but whether it is the same in the Nottingham Forest boardroom is unknown.
Reports since then have indicated that he remains in England and wants to manage in the Premier League, with the last indicating he had turned down Saudi Arabia because of it.
AS build on that and explain Al-Ittihad had put an €18m a year contract on the table for the Basque coach, a figure which would have made him one of the highest paid coaches in the world.
That’s a figure which they label as ‘scandalous’ and almost impossible for any team in Europe to match but Lopetegui had no intention of accepting it. His ‘roadmap’ is to remain linked to the Premier League, which is a potential boost for Nottingham Forest if they move for him.
It seems they won’t need money to convince him but more a project that suits him, as indicated by his refusal to move to Saudi Arabia for a sum most would be very hard pushed to reject.