Michel turns down Zaragoza job

The former Getafe man denied that he had taken the chance to succeed Javier Aguirre at the Liga strugglers, but left open the chance of an agreement
Former Real Madrid legend Michel has revealed that he would not be taking over the coaching vacancy at Zaragoza, citing sporting differences as his main motivation for turning down their offer.

The ex-Getafe man emerged as one of the prime candidates to take over Zaragoza, following the sacking of Mexican trainer Javier Aguirre after a poor start to the 2011-12 season.

Michel has not coached since the end of the previous season, when he was released by Getafe despite saving them from relegation. Speaking on Saturday the 48-year-old admitted that there had been contact from the club, but added that at this point there was no prospect of him taking the job.

"I spent the whole of [Friday] travelling and when I arrived back in Madrid, I saw that the telephone was full of messages congratulating me for my new job in Zaragoza. I was surprised because I had not had any previous negotiations with them," the coach explained to AS.

"Around 6.30 [Zaragoza] enquired over the possibility of meeting with me. We talked about sporting subjects and it was a cordial meeting, but it seems that there are differences in how I see the situation and what they are able to offer me.

"I don't think it will be easy for this to be resolved today, tomorrow or in a week. I have given my opinion and project for the club, and if they choose to fulfil this then negotiations will remain open. I cannot change my project because it is a realistic one."

Zaragoza currently lie rock-bottom of the Primera Division, having picked up just 10 points from their first 16 fixtures.