Former Paris St Germain coach Antoine Kombouare claims to have held talks with three Premier League clubs last summer.
He told L'Equipe: "After my sacking from PSG I had a six-month break. Then I wanted to coach in the Premier League, rather than France.
"I had contacts but it was never sorted because I was always the second or third name on the list.
"I didn't want to join a small club or a small European league, so I finally chose Saudi Arabia.
"Since my departure from Al-Hilal I have had some very serious contacts, but the projects didn't really excite me. I want to manage clubs playing at the top of their league."