Del Bosque: I do not want to be the president of Real Madrid

The experienced coach wants to remain involved in football after he quits the Spain national team, but he knocked back the possibility of taking control of Los Blancos
Spain head coach Vicente del Bosque has indicated that he has no interest in becoming Real Madrid's president in the future.

Del Bosque spent 14 years at the Santiago Bernabeu during his playing career and took charge of Los Blancos' first team for two brief spells in 1994 and 1996 before guiding the club to two Champions League and two Liga titles during his second stint between 1999 and 2003.

The 61-year-old has made it clear that he plans to retire from coaching after leaving the Spain national team, and has now declared that he wants to remain in a football-related activity, but not necessarily at Madrid.

"No, I do not aspire to being Real Madrid's president," Del Bosque told Cinco Dias. "When I leave Spain, it will be time to end my career as a coach, but I would like to remain close to football.

"I will always accept a new job, as long as I get to defend football."

The Spanish coach then played down his role in leading La Roja to three straight triumphs in international tournaments.

"I do not see myself as a leader, the most important thing are the players, who have become role models for the youngsters with their example," Del Bosque added.

"The only thing I did was to try to coordinate all this, make sure the relationship between the players were good, and choose a good sporting strategy, in terms of naming the 23-man squad and picking the starting team."