David Moyes has revealed that he turned down “a lot of offers” from Premier League clubs in the summer to remain at Real Sociedad.
The Scot endured a dismal 10-month spell in charge of Manchester United that ended with him being dismissed in April of last year but he has gone a long way towards restoring his reputation since moving to Basque Country in November.
Indeed, Moyes says that he was inundated with offers from English sides after leading Sociedad away from the drop zone and to a creditable 12th-placed finish in La Liga last season but explained that he is happy at the Anoeta.
“I am really enjoying the experience,” he told El Diario Vasco. “I have a very good relationship with the club and I am very happy.
“My first experience of La Liga has been positive – the first six or seven months; my wish was to be able to complete a full season, from start to finish, like this one.
“This summer I received a lot of offers to return to the Premier League but I have decided to stay here because I believe in this project and I believe in the players we have – players who I know much better now.
“The pre-season helped me, not just to get to know what the players are about, but also to understand them on a personal level.”
Moyes is adamant that Sociedad, who have drawn their opening two fixtures in La Liga, can aim much higher this season, particularly with Asier Illarramendi having rejoined the club from Real Madrid.
“Real Sociedad fans are fantastic; they know that the club is trying to join the other teams who are always in the top part of the table – to get as close to them as possible.
“They understand the club is aiming to do that with operations such as the one that brought me here or the one to bring Illarramendi back; it’s part of a very clear philosophy.
“I really appreciate their support a lot and we are working very hard so that they can feel proud of a team which can compete with anyone, every weekend.
“I know how important the team is in this region – you only have to see the number of blue and white shirts around the city.
“I want to collaborate to form a team with a solid base which can last for several years.”