Lambert reveals three top clubs he has spent time at since Villa sacking

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The 45-year-old hasn't been idle since his Aston Villa dismissal, and is open to managing abroad for his next role.

Former Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has said he is prepared to broaden his horizons to find his next club, telling STV that he has been visiting three of Europe's top clubs recently and that he is open to managing abroad.

Lambert was dismissed by the Midlands club in February after just under three years in charge, with Villa going on to secure Premier League safety and an FA Cup final appearance under the ex Celtic star's replacement Tim Sherwood.

But since then Lambert has been proactive in developing, spending time at his old Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund, as well European giants Bayern Munich and Real Madrid in an effort to improve his management style and opportunities.

"There's a few things abroad and a few things here that I'm looking at," Lambert told STV.

"If it's right for me, and it's right for the club then I'll look at it. I wouldn't turn anything down.

"I've played abroad and I spent a week with Real Madrid, spent a week with Bayern Munich and I spent nine days with Jurgen [Klopp] at Dortmund, so I've been around and I have had some great experiences in the last few months.

"The good thing about spending time with the three managers - Carlo Ancelotti, Pep Guardiola and Klopp - is that they're probably the three biggest names out there at the minute in world football.

"So you learn a lot from them, and it was a brilliant experience."

The 45-year-old's experience abroad, as he mentioned, came after an eight-year spell with Celtic, and saw him win the Champions League with Dortmund in 1997. 

Though his time at Villa ended in disappointment, Lambert had shown promise in the lower leagues with both Colchester United and Norwich City.

He may now be hoping that his next position is in either Germany or Spain, where he will be following fellow Scot David Moyes in leaving the Premier League for La Liga.

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