Former Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari wants Premier League move

Former Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari has expressed a desire to coach in England’s Premier League in the near future.

The Argentine was at the helm of Los Blancos between October and March last season, taking the reins after Julen Lopetegui’s dismissal before Zinedine Zidane returned to the role.

Solari was unable to halt Madrid’s underwhelming La Liga form and was also in charge for their eliminations from both the Champions League and Copa del Rey.

“I would like to coach in Europe, in a serious project in one of the big leagues,” Solari told BBC Sport in an interview when asked about his future.

“I saw the Premier League last year and how it grew so much. It was a fantastic campaign for the English teams. There are so many different cultures as well – you have Spanish coaches, German coaches, English coaches, coaches from all over the world who have made it grow.

“The type of football I like is when the team is the protagonist, offensive football, high tempo and aggressive but in order to achieve that you have to defend high, have fast transitions, and of course talent is a big part of that.

“The statistics in the Premier League are amazing and confirm things are changing. Fifteen years ago there were just three games where one team averaged 70% of possession. Three years ago that went up to 30 games. Two years ago it was 60 games and last year there were 67 games in which one team had 70% of possession.”

Solari recently told Chiringuito, as cited by Diario AS.: “It does not hurt that I left the club (Real Madrid), it is always an honour to serve Madrid.”

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