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Quique Sanchez reveals why he joined Shanghai Shenhua

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 20: Head coach Quique Sanchez Flores of RCD Espanyol looks on prior to the La Liga match between Espanyol and Sevilla at Nuevo Estadio de Cornella-El Prat on January 20, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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The former Real Madrid footballer is now coaching in the Chinese Super League for the first time.

Quique Sanchez Flores played for Valencia, Real Madrid, and Zaragoza from 1984 to 1997.

The former Spain international became a coach in 2001, and since then he has been around.

He has coached the Real Madrid youth team, Getafe, Valencia, Benfica, Espanyol, and Atletico Madrid in his native Spain.

He has also managed Al-Ahli, Al-Ain, and Watford.

And since the summer of 2018, he’s been in the Chinese Super League with Shanghai Shenhua.

“I’m still dedicated to my profession with the same passion and with the idea, now, of broadening my horizons,” he told Marca.

“My affiliation with this club, Shanghai Shenhua, had to give sooner or later since they came to find me at my home in Madrid four years ago.”

“We’ve never been able to join up and now we’re here. I’m really hungry for this adventure,” he commented.

“There is and there will be. But they must give projects. I only value certain leagues, not all; and I want to train certain teams, not all.”

“Wherever I go, I have the desire to improve myself and that the clubs enjoy being with me, with my team,” he said about the chance to coach in the Spanish La Liga once again.

“Then, there is space and there will be, but right now I want to take up their opportunity in China.”

“In each of the clubs I have been, they have explained the project to me,” he continued.

“I dedicate a lot of time to this and the clubs have to respond. If I haven’t spent very long at a club, it’s because the club has changed the project.”

“It’s not the coaches that change. We are in a moment of enormous instability in our profession,” he said.

“The result is very evident. Almost nobody evaluates the job at the end of May like it should be. There is tension in clubs and this generates anxiety. Therefore, it’s not the coaches that feel the pressure but the board, who are often incapable of living with the pressure and keeping a coach.”