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Clemente says no to Iran

The Spaniard criticised the Iranian FA and media over the controversy of his opting to live in Spain despite being boss of the Middle Eastern nation.

"The press pushed very hard despite the fact that I told the federation that my plan was to travel to Tehran ten days before the games which would have given me plenty of time to have prepared for a match," he explained.

On the breakdown of negotiations in general, he went on, "For me it was a disagreeable surprise because I had gone to a lot of trouble and was really looking forward to giving them a helping hand especially after the reception they gave me when I went there," he said.

"I could have done a good job but if they are incapable of respecting an agreement from the start then it is better not to have gone.

"My living location? They wanted to change the conditions of the contract but only in their favour. I could have after signing that I wanted a multi-million contract or the Shah of Persia's palace but I didn't do that. I respected our agreement and they didn't.

"They've wasted my time and in the end I got bored. I'm not going to coach Iran now." "I'm sorry not to have been able to work with Iran because of their fans. They behaved fantastically with me and gave me a great reception and I'm really grateful for that," he concluded.

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