Newly-appointed Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has told The Guardian that he could have taken charge of his former club Swansea City.
Rodgers had been without a managerial job since October 2015 when he parted company with Premier League outfit Liverpool.
The Northern Irishman has revealed that he was contacted by his former club Swansea in January following the departure of Garry Monk in December.
The former Watford boss has explained why he decided not to return to the Welsh outfit.
“Swansea contacted me in January when Garry Monk left,” Rodgers told The Guardian. “But I was always clear I wanted to break out. When I left Liverpool, I could have been in a Premier League job the next day.
“On the Monday, I got a call from a club but I wanted to have time out from the intensity of managing big clubs and the pressures that come with it. It was always clear that I wanted to go back in the summer.
“With Swansea, it was a case of me telling Huw Jenkins in January that I wouldn’t be able to go back to work but in the summer I would be. We had a few conversations and a lot of it was linked to the new ownership. That new ownership isn’t ready to go through yet.”
Rodgers was recently appointed the Celtic manager following the departure of Ronny Deila.
The former Liverpool manager will be expected to guide the Scottish Premiership giants back into the group stage of the Champions League next season.
The Bhoys have failed to do much of note in Europe for the past two seasons, and Rodgers will be expected by many fans to change that during the 2016-17 campaign.
Celtic could also face stiff competition to win the Scottish Premiership title next season due to Rangers’ return to the Scottish top flight.