Antoine Kombouare reveals Premier League approach

Antoine Kombouare
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Former Paris Saint-Germain coach Antoine Kombouare says that he was in discussions with a number of Premier League clubs last summer.

Antoine Kombouare has revealed that a number of Premier League clubs approached him following his dismissal by Paris Saint-Germain in December 2011.

The 49-year-old claims that he even went to London to hold discussions with the teams interested in him, but eventually decided to take up the offer placed by Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia.

"After being sacked by PSG, I took a breather for six months and travelled the world with my wife," he told L'Equipe. "On my return, I wanted to manage in the Premier League rather than return to France.

"I had contact with some clubs, but nothing ever came of it because I was always second or third on their lists. I went to London for discussions, but they never led anywhere. As I didn't want to join a small club or move to a minor European league, I opted for Saudi Arabia.

"It was an interesting move from a sporting point of view, and financially they offered me a contract I just couldn't refuse."

Carlo Ancelotti replaced Kombouare at PSG.

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