'Supposedly I said no to Roma because I was going to Liverpool'

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Porto boss Andre Villas Boas has played down speculation linking him with a move to England.

The 33-year-old, dubbed the new Jose Mourinho in Portugal after similar successes to 'the special one', has been linked with a number of clubs across Europe, with Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea all thought to be in the frame.

Juventus and Roma are also thought to be keen on bringing the manager to Italy, but speaking ahead of a Europa League semi-final first leg clash against Villarreal, Villas Boas was quick to dismiss the speculation.

He specifically highlighted Liverpool and Roma in his pre-match press conferences.

"There are incredible stories. Supposedly I said no to Roma because I was going to Liverpool, it's absurd," said the former Academica boss.

"The speculation is natural, given what this team has been doing. But it is still false information."


A handful of managers are linked with a move to Anfield, although Kenny Dalglish remains the favourite to take the Liverpool position permanently.

The Scottish boss stepped into the breach following Roy Hodgson's exit from Merseyside, but is yet to sign a long-term contract which has left the speculation door open at Liverpool.

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