Former Sporting CP and SL Benfica head coach Jorge Jesus has confirmed he snubbed offers from both Chelsea and Newcastle United this summer.
The experienced 65-year-old tactician has a distinguished reputation among Europe’s elite brass of managers but has never sampled life in Premier League- instead spending the major part of his career in his native Portugal.
He has revealed in the latest interview with Brazilian channel Fox TV, however, that he was contacted by the Blues to replace Maurizio Sarri this summer, as well as being approached by Newcastle to fill the void left by the coach Rafa Benitez, who instead switched to Chinese Super League outfit Dalian Yifang.
“If it were for money, I could have stayed at Al-Hilal. My agent wouldn’t want me to come to Brazil. I could have also gone to clubs in England.” Jorge said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
Jorge departed Saudi Arabia in the summer after falling out with previous side Al-Hilal’s management and has subsequently been appointed as head coach of the Brazilian top-flight side Flamengo.
Having rejected the opportunities to take over in England, the Blues instead approached and appointed club legend Frank Lampard.
While the Magpies turned to former Sunderland manager Steve Bruce – who was previously boss of Sheffield Wednesday.
Jesus, meantime, is taking on a fresh challenge in South America, having enjoyed a sustained period of success in his homeland.
He led SL Benfica to three Liga NOS crowns during a seven-year stint in charge, as well as a single Taca de Portugal success and five Taca de Liga wins.
He will now continue his manager career in Brazil, where he will be looking to oust Palmeiras from the top spot this season.