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Ecuador deny agreeing terms with Klinsmann as national team coach

Despite reports he was at odds with MLS while coach of the USMNT, Jurgen Klinsmann discusses the importance of the league for young U.S. players.
In an exclusive interview with ESPN, Jurgen Klinsmann assesses the talent in the U.S. player pool and stresses the importance of youth development.

Ecuador have denied agreeing terms for Jurgen Klinsmann to become their new national team coach and said media reports that the former United States boss is set to take over are speculation.

"There is nothing concrete, just speculation," Ecuador Football Federation (FEF) director Carlos Galarza told reporters.

But he added: "There have been talks with coaches, or rather, one coach in particular."

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Roland Eitel, Klinsmann's advisor, told ESPN FC early on Thursday: "Jurgen Klinsmann has not commented on any rumours in the past 30 years, and he will maintain that attitude." 

Another source told ESPN FC the speculation was "fake news."

Ecuador's previous coach Hernan Dario Gomez was fired in July after they were knocked out in the Copa America group stages, with under-20 coach Jorge Celico taking charge on an interim basis.

In their most recent match on Sunday, Ecuador were hammered 6-1 by Argentina in a friendly.

Klinsmann, 55, has previously coached Bayern Munich, Germany and the U.S. men's national team.

During his five years in charge of the U.S. between 2011 and 2016, Klinsmann won the Gold Cup in 2013 and reached the round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup.

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