Michael Laudrup has revealed that he would not necessarily accept an approach from Real Madrid this summer to become their manager.
Laudrup has been one of the names linked with one of the biggest jobs in world football, but a recent contract extension at Swansea City and domestic success, has led to suggestions that he is staying put for the long haul.
If the rumours are true then that means Real Madrid could be forced to go after another target and it could well turn out to be Andre Villas-Boas of Tottenham Hotspur.
AVB has also been linked with the job and the odds on him becoming Real’s manager have shortened dramatically with the bookies over the past week, which suggests something is up.
However, similar to Laudrup, AVB has stated no desire to leave his current club as he’s very much in the middle of trying to create something special which will benefit the side in the long run.
It would be very strange for him to stick with Spurs and guide them to a top four finish, which few expected at the start of the season, before jumping ship and going off to manage in another country.
Spurs would also make it very difficult for that to happen because Daniel Levy has always stuck up for his club, which is one of the underlying positive things for Spurs throughout this whole saga.
There is no getting round the fact that AVB will move on at some point in the future because he seems to be a good enough manager to take on one of the historically massive teams in world football.
He failed at Chelsea, but that was only because he didn’t have the respect and the admiration from those at the club he expected it from. The big players made his position untenable, which has not happened at Spurs and it’s benefited them in a big way.
His youth and energy is something which Real Madrid will be particularly interested in as they look to try and wrestle the La Liga title back from Barcelona, who are currently well clear in the title race.
For now Spurs are probably just about okay but if AVB continues to guide the club in the right direction and have the success, which he has started, then it will be very difficult for the North London club to stop him moving on, as soon as a top side comes in for him with an official approach.
It may just be nice if AVB can put the speculation to bed, as Laudrup has aimed to do, to give Spurs a feeling of stability at a time they really need it.
Do you think AVB will move on any time soon?
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