Andre Villas-Boas keen to continue management career in Bundesliga

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas is hoping to land a job in the Bundesliga and said he would be interested in coaching Bayern Munich.

Having last coached Shanghai SIPG in the Chinese Super League last season, Villas-Boas is looking to return to Europe and said he could imagine working in Germany.

"I've been trying to learn German for a few years now, but it's difficult," Villas-Boas told Sport 1 at the Laureus Sports Awards in Monaco. "But it remains my goal to master the language in the end and also open this market for me. Maybe something will happen in the summer."

When asked about Bayern, he told Merkur: "I would be lying if I said I am not interested. Bayern's quality is unbelievable and among Europe's elite, with wonderful players serving up magnificent football. I wouldn't criticise Carlo Ancelotti. He is a great person and a very good coach, but sometimes it just doesn't work out. Bayern have made a fantastic comeback under Jupp Heynckes. Everyone around the world watches Bayern."

Despite Bundesliga clubs struggling in Europe and also failing to break Bayern Munich's domestic dominance, Villas-Boas believes German football must not be worried.

"I don't see a lack of quality in Bundesliga. It's competitive and has good players. I am a huge fan of Thomas Muller in particular," he said. "He sums up German players. He's disciplined, versatile and always dangerous in front of the goal."

When asked whether he is interested in a job in the Bundesliga, Villas-Boas, who has been linked with Hamburg and Wolfsburg in the past, said: "Maybe. We'll see. I hope."

The Portuguese coach also had his say on Renato Sanches, who has struggled during his loan with Swansea City this season and is sidelined with a thigh injury.

"Renato Sanches certainly has quality," Villas-Boas said. "But the situation at Benfica was more comfortable for him because it was his hometown club and he had less pressure. It's difficult for him. He could not meet expectations. But usually, you have to prove yourself in the big leagues.

"At Bayern, he had problems adjusting to the new environment. He did not show his skills. But he should in any case get a new chance at Bayern next season."

ESPN FC's Bayern Munich correspondent Mark Lovell contributed to this report.