June 9, 2018 / 5:58 PM / a year ago

Soccer: Tite angrily denies any contact with Real Madrid

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VIENNA (Reuters) - Brazil coach Tite angrily denied on Saturday that he had been in contact with Real Madrid over the possibility of replacing Zinedine Zidane, who resigned at the end of May, dismissing the suggestion as a lie.

Tite was asked about reports that he was set to take charge of the Champions League winners during a news conference ahead of Sunday’s friendly against Austria, although it was not clear where they had originated.

“This is a disrespectful attitude and a lie,” he said. “I haven’t been in contact with anyone. Gilmar Veloz (Tite’s agent) hasn’t been in contact with anyone.”

“I’m doing what I like and I’m in the best possible place; I’m in a place that any other professional would like to be. I value this enormously, and that’s why I’m upset.”

Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Clare Fallon

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