Benitez: No truth in Juventus talk

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Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has dismissed claims he has already agreed a deal to take over at Juventus at the end of the season and repeated his long-term commitment to the Reds.

Speculation in Italy claimed the Turin club had already agreed personal terms with the Spaniard and a delegation were flying to Merseyside on Monday to thrash out an agreement with Liverpool to release Benitez from his contract at the end of the season - but the manager has rejected in the strongest terms suggestions he is ready to walk away from Anfield.

"Contrary to reports in the Italian media this weekend, I want to make it absolutely clear I have no agreement with Juventus and have not and will not be meeting Juventus or their representatives or any other club," he said.

"I have a long-term contract with Liverpool and I'll repeat what I said on Friday.

"I am happy here and my only focus is to do my job as well as I can to get the team back into to the top four, beginning with the derby against Everton."

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