Flamengo coach Jorge Jesus has handed Everton a potential problem by admitting to CM Jornal that he prefers a move to Spain over the Premier League.
After inspiring the Brazilian giants to their first Copa Libertadores title since 1981 in late-November, the Telegraph reported that Jesus had been identified as a potential replacement for the under-fire Marco Silva at Goodison Park.
The 65-year-old, who coincidentally took Silva job at Sporting Lisbon four years ago, is one of the most influential coaches of the modern era, even if he has never really established himself at the very top of the world game.
Jesus has won silverware at Braga, Sporting, Al-Hilal and, of course, Flamengo while turning Benfica from perennial underachievers into the dominant force of Portuguese football.
But, speaking to the media in his homeland, Jesus has admitted that his limited grasp of the English language could put pay to a potential move to Merseyside.
“I am more fan of Spanish and Italian leagues than the English,” the outspoken tactician admitted in typically frank fashion.
“Everyone wants to train in England, but I give priority to Spain. Maybe also because of the language, because I'm very used to talking to players who speak Spanish. So it would be easier for me.”
Some 23 years older than Silva, Jesus would hardly be a long-term solution for an Everton side who appear to have lacked any sort of direction since Farhad Moshiri became the club’s majority shareholder in 2016.
But, as you might expect from a man called Jesus, working miracles is his forte and he is more than capable of transforming The Toffees with his unique brand of attacking football and his force-of-nature personality.
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