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Quique Setien relaxed and focused on Real Betis

Quique Setien relaxed and focused on Real Betis

Quique Setien has said his future is very much with Real Betis, despite links to the Spanish national side.

Having seen Julen Lopetegui sensationally be sacked prior to the World Cup which is currently underway in Russia, Setien was instantly linked with the role of Spanish national coach.

Former Real Madrid defender Fernando Hierro has since been appointed as temporary coach following Lopetegui’s switch to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Hierro’s success may well be determined by the World Cup campaign, but no indication on his future have been given, whilst Setien continues to be linked.

Setien steered Betis to a Europa League qualification last season and coached his side to play some of the most attractive football in the league.

Focus on next season has already begun at the Benito Villamarin with a number of new signings having been hauled in by Setien, including Pau Lopez from Espanyol and Takashi Unui from Eibar.

Matched with those developments and Setien’s plans, the former Las Palmas coach sat down with ABC de Sevilla to discuss his future and the reports linking him with La Roja.

“It was never in my mind to leave Betis,” Setien said. “I would very much like to be the Coach of the national team one day, but now is not the time for those thoughts.

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“I received a lot of messages questioning me on the future but the reality is that the RFEF did not even call me. It is very easy to say this of course but the truth is I had never any intention of leaving Betis.

“I have a contract at Betis and a strong relationship, I am not afraid to stay for a long time at a club – I spent six years at Lugo despite having better offers from other clubs.

“While I have a contract at Betis, I am not going anywhere by my own decision.”

Spain face Morocco on Monday evening, looking to qualify after drawing and winning their first two group games.