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Big Phil reveals City approach

12 Sep 2008 - 13:44:50

Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has confirmed that he was approached about becoming the new manager of Manchester City in the summer.

Scolari rejected the overtures of the Citizens at the time, preferring to focus on his job with Portugal before opting to head to Stamford Bridge after the European Championship finals.

He told reporters: "Yes, they offered it (the manager's job) to me. It was a very good offer, but at that time I was with Portugal and I said I needed time to think.

"They came to Portugal and they talked to me about their ideas for the team in the next three or four years.

"It is a project that is not for one or two years but maybe ten or 15, but it is very good for England and for football that more clubs have projects to get bigger and get into the top ten in the world. Manchester City are starting to move towards this.

"I didn't come to Chelsea because they were the richest club in the world. I came because they offered me a job that I thought was fantastic.

"I don't think about who is the richest club in the world. If it is Manchester City or Milan, for me there is no difference. I am concentrating only on my players and not what happens elsewhere.

"If I am happy in my house, I don't look at other houses because I need to look after my house first and my house is Chelsea."


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