Andre Villas-Boas has distanced himself from the Newcastle job.
The Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia, which is led by crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, is closing in on a £300million takeover of the Magpies.
Villas-Boas was sacked by Chelsea after just nine months in charge in 2012 and suffered the same fate at Tottenham a year later.
He appears to have rebuilt his reputation at Marseille by guiding them to a second-placed finish in Ligue 1 as France’s top-flight season ended prematurely due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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And the Portuguese coach insists he is more likely to return to racing in the Dakar Rally than managing in the Premier League.
Villas-Boas told RMC Sport: “In the world of football there are several good coaches, it is not with this second-place finish that I will become the best coach in the world, nor the worst.
“I remain as I am. I already said at a press conference that you could find me [in a few months] closer to the Dakar desert than to a Premier League club or elsewhere.
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“I have ambitions that are limitless geographically – I still have to do Japan, I want to discover Japanese culture and Japanese football.
“I say it sincerely, I’m fine in Marseille, I don’t want to look for other clubs or other options.
“I want to play the Champions League with Marseille, but I want to know how much we are economically dependent on our project.”