Sheffield Wednesday-linked Aitor Karanka 'looking to develop a good project' in English football

A general view of the Hillsborough Stadium during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Burnley at Hillsborough Stadium on August 10, 2013 in Sheffield, England,

The former Middlesbrough manager, who was recently linked with a move to Sheffield Wednesday, continues to live in Yorkshire.

Aitor Karanka, manager of Middlesbrough looks on during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Middlesbrough at Bet365 Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England.

Aitor Karanka has told the Times he is looking to "develop a good project" in English football, following links to various clubs - including Sheffield Wednesday - in recent weeks and months.

Wednesday, who parted company with head coach Carlos Carvalhal on Christmas Eve, were said to be considering a move for Karanka even before then [the Sun].

Carlos Carvalhal manager of Sheffield Wednesday looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday at Macron Stadium on October 14, 2017 in...

And the former Middlesbrough boss's comments suggest he would at least consider an approach from the Owls - should one materialise.

"I want to develop a good project," said Karanka, who lives less than 50 miles from Hillsborough in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. "I'd like to stay in England. My family is really comfortable here."

Karanka, who took over Middlesbrough when they were 16th in the Championship - two places lower than Wednesday are now, and led them to fourth in his first full season at the Riverside, but lost in the play-off final.

The 44-year-old went one better the following campaign, however, taking Boro up in second, but he left by mutual consent with the Teessiders battling relegation from the Premier League earlier this year.

Jordan Rhodes of Sheffield Wednesday goes down injured during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Wolverhampton at Hillsborough on December 15, 2017 in Sheffield,...

Wednesday trio Adam Reach, Jordan Rhodes and Jacob Butterfield played under Karanka at the Riverside, but were all moved on eventually.

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Sheffield Wednesday fans look on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Sheffield Wednesday at St Andrews (stadium) on September 27, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

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