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Lennon reveals that he nearly quit Celtic for Spain

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Neil Lennon has revealed that he could have quit for Spain during his playing days.

The midfielder was a key member of Martin O’Neill’ squad and stayed on as captain for two years once Gordon Strachan had taken over.

In 2007 Lennon left for before returning less than a year later to join Strachan’ back-room team.

“Towards the end of my time at I came close to going to Levante, I had an offer to move to Spain and it was in the offing,” he told the Daily Record. “But once came in and offered me a new contract that was that.

“However, the move did appeal – it was just at that time in my career I thought another year at was perfect for me but going abroad, trying a different culture of both football and life, does appeal.

“At the minute I’m trying to learn a new language. I did Portuguese last year and failed miserably so I’m trying Spanish now. It’s just about adding another string to your bow.”

Lennon’s close friend and former team-mate Johan Mjallby switched from to Levante in 2004 but a knee injury restricted him to just three appearances.

The Irishman left Hibs last month in mysterious circumstances with both parties putting together a statement that failed to provide any answers to why they had parted company.

Lennon is currently taking a break from football but is hoping to be back in management during the summer with the March 2 Scottish Cup tie between Hibs and likely to see him in high demand for media work.

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