Laudrup aware of Japan interest

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The Japanese Football Association has been looking for a replacement for Javier Aguirre, who was sacked over his role in a Spanish match fixing case, and Laudrup has emerged as one of the top candidates.

The former Mallorca, Getafe and Swansea City boss has revealed he will not abandon Qatari side Lekhwiya ahead of their AFC Champions League and local Stars League campaigns.

He told Kyodo News: "In a week we will also start the group stage of the Champions League so there will be a lot of games in the near future. I am aware of the interest from Japan but as I just said, we have a lot of games coming up and they have, absolutely, first priority at the moment.

"Then when the season finishes in May, I will think about my future. It could be here in Lekhwiya or somewhere else."