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Luis Aragones denies retirement talk

December 6, 2013
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent

Former Spain coach Luis Aragones says that reports of his retirement from management have been exaggerated. 

Aragones, 75, appeared to say in an interview with Spanish online magazine Voxpopuli that he had decided not to look for any further coaching jobs, and it was then widely reported that he had called it a day.

However, the Euro 2008-winning manager, who last worked in 2009 at Turkish club Fenerbahce, told AS that he was not necessarily finished just yet.

“Age can retire us all, but I am still active, and I am not retiring,” Aragones said. “If an offer comes I will study it. Maybe I will coach again if the conditions are interesting.”

El Sabio de Hortaleza played for Getafe, Real Madrid, Real Oviedo and Real Betis, but is most associated with Atletico Madrid, where he won three La Liga trophies during his 10-year spell as a prolific centre-forward between 1964 and 1974.

Taking over as coach, he led Los Colchoneros to the 1977 La Liga title during one of four stints in charge at the Estadio Vicente Calderon. He also managed Barcelona, Espanyol, Sevilla, Valencia, Betis and Real Mallorca, before taking the Spain job in 2004.

After a disappointing 2006 World Cup he famously jettisoned former mainstays, including Raul Gonzalez, to implement the tiki-taka style which took La Roja to the Euro 2008 trophy, and then on to win the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 under successor Vicente del Bosque.
 

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