Spain Coach Vicente Del Bosque in April rejected an approach from Manchester United, it has been claimed.
The offer from the Premier League side would have seen Del Bosque’s pay packet increase 10-fold, to €20m over two seasons, AS reports.
But Del Bosque declined to speak to United out of loyalty to the Spain national team, much as he ignored advances from Inter a few years earlier.
The Nerazzurri sent former Real Madrid winger Luis Figo to lobby Del Bosque but the ex-Madrid Coach refused the offer.
It’s said that Del Bosque was pushed for the United job after the sacking of David Moyes by Moyes’ predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson, and that Del Bosque was the first-choice for the post.
Atletico Madrid Coach Diego Simeone was also on the list, as was ex-Barca man Louis van Gaal, who has been appointed as Moyes’ successor.
Del Bosque has previously said he does not want to work abroad again after his experience in Turkey and intends to retire when he is 65, in two years’ time, when his contract to lead the national team will expire.