Aitor Karanka has turned down a number of job offers as he looks set to be named manager of Leeds United, according to a report by El Desmarque.
The 43-year-old has been without a job since being dismissed by Middlesbrough back in March, but is now the firm favourite to take over at Elland Road, following Garry Monk’s shock departure last week.
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Despite reportedly receiving offers from the Algeria national team, as well as clubs in the United States and cash-rich China, Karanka is seemingly determined to remain in England.
Earlier this week, Leeds’ new owner Andrea Radrizzani confirmed the appointment of Victor Orta – a close friend of the Spaniard, having been responsible for player recruitment during a two-year spell with Middlesbrough – as director of football.
Radrizzani’s decision to bring in Orta could be viewed as a way of facilitating the recruitment of Karanka, which could be finalised in the next few days.
Despite securing Boro’s promotion to the Premier League, the former Real Madrid assistant manager endured a miserable campaign this term, with the Teesside club eventually suffering relegation back to the Championship.
Leeds, meanwhile, seemed a side re-born under Monk and looked destined to secure a play-off spot, before a dismal end-of-season run of form saw them finish five points behind sixth-placed Fulham.
Radrizzani’s takeover of the club, which ended Massimo Cellino’s turbulent ownership, as well as highly-rated youngster Ronaldo Vieira’s contract extension, improved the mood among the Yorkshire club’s supporters, before Monk’s unexpected decision to step down as boss.
It promises to be an interesting summer at Elland Road, as Leeds seek to bolster their ranks ahead of another push for promotion.