Former Paris St Germain coach Antoine Kombouare has revealed he held talks with three Premier League clubs last year.
Kombouare, who has just left Al Hilal, was replaced in the summer by Carlo Ancelotti and admits he considered a move to England.
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."