Dick Advocaat has revealed that he turned down an approach from Premier League side Swansea City to take over at Sparta Rotterdam.

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The 70-year-old was named the new head coach of Eredivisie strugglers Sparta Rotterdam this week on a short term deal until the end of the season.

Speaking to De Telegraaf, Advocaat said on the choice, “Of course I have a weakness for a few clubs, ADO Den Haag in the first place, but Sparta also because of time there as a player.

“But I honestly admit that Sparta was not in my head, but after the defeat against Feyenoord, the club knocked on my door, and even then it could have gone in a different direction.”

The different direction was an offer from Premier League side Swansea City, who are still on the lookout for a new coach after sacking Paul Clement earlier this month. Advocaat was at the top of their wish-list but the former Sunderland boss turned down the chance to return to the Premier League.

He admitted his time coaching abroad is now over, “It is nice that they ask you again in the most beautiful competition in the world, but abroad is now definitely over.”

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