Juande Ramos's close pal Marcos Alvarez has revealed the former Tottenham Hotspur manager rejected an offer to replace Jose Mourinho at Chelsea as the Blues did not accept his conditions. Additionally, he was unwilling to undergo an experience like the pair shared together at Real Madrid.
Alvarez has worked with Ramos as part of his managerial staff during for the last 12 years, being his first-team coach during his time at White Hart Lane and following him to the Santiago Bernabeu, CSKA Moscow and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.
Earlier this month Alvarez put an end to his working relationship with Ramos to move to Argentinian outfit San Lorenzo, but has now confirmed that, prior to the decision, the pair were approached by the Blues.
"Juande had an offer from Chelsea. It is complicated to say 'no' to a club like that but he put conditions on the table to get the project under way and at the end there was no agreement. He has very clear ideas," Alvarez said to Canal Sur Radio.
The Times broke the news that the former Spurs boss was being considered as a shock possible caretaker just before Chelsea parted ways with Mourinho. AS later confirmed the news, revealing that Ramos's agent, Gines Carvajal, had flown into London to hold talks with Chelsea.
However, IBTimes UK understands that they failed to reach an agreement as Ramos wanted a long-term contract, while the Blues were only looking to sign him on an interim basis – as they eventually did with Guus Hiddink.
Alvarez said: "His thinking is not just about going to an elite club that play in the Champions League. He wants to enjoy his profession in a interesting place with a proper project. We already had the [interim] experience of Real Madrid and he did not want to go through the same again, with a club where there are no guarantees of continuing even if you do a good job."
Ramos has now emerged as the main candidate to take over Real Betis, after the Andalucian club sacked former WBA manager Pepe Mel. Alvarez says that despite Ramos turning down Chelsea he may be interested in taking charge of Betis, who are currently 15th in La Liga, five points above the relegation zone.