According the Spanish paper Europa Press, former Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid boss Juande Ramos has quit Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk as manager as a result of a petition from his family.
The 59-year-old joined the Ukrainian side in 2010, and guided the club to its finest moment in history as they qualified for the Champions League qualifying stage as a result of finishing second in the domestic top flight – ahead of giants Dynamo Kyiv.
Juande Ramos’ departure will undoubtedly have repercussions for the small Ukrainian outfit, with star players such as Yevhen Konoplyanka and Giuliano already linked with big moves this summer.
Left-winger Yevhen Konoplyanka was heavily linked with a move to Liverpool during the January transfer window, and the Reds were reportedly close to striking a deal for the star amid late interest from Tottenham Hotspur.
Despite Liverpool missing out on the 24-year-old on deadline day, the Merseysiders finished the season in excellent form and were agonizingly close to winning their top-flight title in 24 years.
Now that Champions League football is secure, Brendan Rodgers knows that a bigger squad is needed, therefore it would make sense to reignite his interest in the Ukrainian international and try to get a deal done as soon as possible.
For reasons unknown, however, Liverpool’s interest on Konoplyanka the 13-goal winger has cooled in the media and it appears Brendan Rodgers is eyeing up other targets instead.
What could be Liverpool’s loss could certainly be Tottenham Hotspurs’ gain. The North Londoners got to see the Ukrainian in action during their Europa League clash in March, and he didn’t disappoint as he put on an excellent display of skill, guile and fine movement.
With Liverpool presumably out of the picture and Dnipro currently manager-less, Spurs may not get a better chance all summer to land the £16m rated star.