Monday , February 17 2020

Roberto Martinez confirms he wants to continue on as Belgium boss beyond Euro 2020

Roberto Martinez confirms he wants to continue on as Belgium boss beyond Euro 2020 as former Everton manager hints he turned down chance to replace Unai Emery at Arsenal

  • Roberto Martinez revealed his ambitions speaking as a guest on Telefoot
  • Martinez is desperate to stay on as Belgium manager beyond Euro 2020
  • He was quizzed about whether Arsenal contacted him to replace Unai Emery

Roberto Martinez isn’t leaving Belgium any time soon after confirming he wants to stay on as manager of the national team after this summer’s Euros.

Martinez took over the reins with Belgium back in 2016 and led them to a third-place finish at the 2018 World Cup after losing the semi-final to eventual winners France. 

And Martinez, speaking as a guest on French programme Telefoot, announced he wanted to continue as Belgium manager.

Roberto Martinez wants to stay on as Belgium manager beyond this summer’s Euros

The journalists asked the 46-year-old Spaniard, who signed a two-year contract extension in 2018, whether or not he would stay on with the Red Devils after this summer’s Euros, to which Martinez emphatically replied: ‘Yes’.

Martinez is targeting glory at Euro 2020 with Belgium, who will once again head into the eagerly-anticipated tournament as one of the favourites.

‘We set the bar high in 2018 and we must continue like this,’ Martinez added. ‘Is the goal to win it? We will in any case try to do it.’

Martinez reacts after being asked whether Arsenal contacted him to replace Unai Emery

Martinez reacts after being asked whether Arsenal contacted him to replace Unai Emery

Furthermore, Martinez was asked whether he was the subject of interest from Arsenal as they searched for a new manager to replace Unai Emery in December.

And the former Everton manager hinted that he turned down the chance to take over at the Emirates.

When quizzed whether the Gunners contacted him about the vacancy, Martinez bluntly replied: ‘I pass’, with a small grin on his face. 

Martinez hinted that he had been asked about interest in taking charge at Arsenal

Martinez hinted that he had been asked about interest in taking charge at Arsenal