AS Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim has been discussing his future following recent reports Everton are interested in his services.
According to The Mirror, Toffees officials had placed the Portuguese tactician on their shortlist of candidates to success Marco Silva.
Jardim is highly regarded as a coach and has been doing great work over at Stade Louis II.
His greatest success at the club has been winning the 2016/17 Ligue 1 title, and developing the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Bernardo Silva and Fabinho into top players.
Everton’s reported interest in the 45-year-old is, therefore, unsurprising, but it appears he doesn’t have any intention of walking out on Monaco to pitch up at Goodison Park.
He said (Foot Mercato): “Honestly, I have a 23-year career as a deputy, a 4th division coach, a D3 coach, a D2 coach, etc.
“I only changed clubs once in the middle of the season. It’s not a very usual thing. I am in Monaco; I have a contract with the club. I usually respect (his contract).”
TBR’s view – Jardim comments a blow for Everton
Monaco aren’t going particularly well this season, but the club are not as strong these days and haven’t adequately replaced Mbappe, Bernardo and co.
Jardim remains a top coach though, and his stance will come as a blow for Everton who need someone to come in and impose an attacking brand of football, and get their current crop performing as they should be.