Brazil Coach Tite has branded reports linking him to replace the outgoing Zinedine Zidane in the vacant Real Madrid job as ‘lies’.
The experienced 57-year-old has never before coached in Europe but after leading Brazil to the World Cup and finishing 10 points clear atop the CONMEBOL table, links have emerged.
“When it is an opinion, it deserves my respect; posted as a quote, it's a lie,” Tite is cited as saying by ESPN Brasil.
“The attitude is disrespectful and untrue. I haven't had contact with anyone, Gilmar Veloz (Tite's agent) – my friend – hasn't spoken with anyone, and I have great respect for the position I'm in, the job that I have.
“Be very careful, this person, this reporter, he was, in his information, a liar.
“I am in the best place in football, where everyone wants to be. And don't come to me saying I'm being politically correct.”