Laudrup walks away from Getafe

Dane Michael Laudrup said Friday he was quitting as coach of Spanish side Getafe after just one season.

"I have chosen the time to go - I have not been sacked," said the former Danish international who succeeded Bernd Schuster when the latter last summer took over at Real Madrid, steernig them to retain the league title.

"Getafe gave me a huge experience," said Laudrup, who led Getafe to the Spanish Cup final while they stand 13th in the table with two games to go.

In addition, he helped them to the UEFA Cup quarter-finals, where they bowed to Bayern Munich after two thrilling encounters.

"Now, even Franz Beckenbauer knows Getafe," Laudrup joked, in allusion to some disparaging comments that the Kaiser had made ahead of the tie.

Laudrup has not indicated what he will now do but his name had been mentioned as a potential successor to Frank Rijkaard at Barcelona, who finally optedfor their reserve coach and former player Josep 'Pep' Guardiola.

"It's not my style to say where I am going to go," said the Dane, said rumours of interest from Sevilla, Chelsea and Turkey's Galatasaray.