Villas-Boas dismisses Real Madrid move speculation

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Andre Villas-Boas has laughed off reports suggesting he could be a target for Real Madrid should Jose Mourinho leave the Bernabeu in the summer - joking his only target this term is to avoid getting sacked.

Villas-Boas has restored his reputation at Tottenham this season after being sacked by Chelsea in March, helping the north London club maintain a top four challenge despite the loss of key players at the start of his time in charge including Luka Modric, Rafael Van der Vaart and Ledley King.

His efforts at White Hart Lane have not gone unnoticed if reports are to be believed, with Real Madrid lining up the former Porto boss as a successor to Mourinho, who he worked under at Chelsea and Inter Milan.

However Villas-Boas was quick to laugh off the rumours, and joked making it to the end of the season with his job in tact is his main goal at the moment.

"At the moment I am very, very focused on trying to get another year at one club … the same club," he laughed. "It's very … obviously flattering but everybody is being linked with the Real Madrid job at the moment because there are now lots of coaches around.

"I have a contract. I was given an opportunity [by Tottenham] and was extremely grateful. The speculation about Real Madrid comes from the coach having speculation all over the world about his exit. The fact he made it public that he is looking for an exit has ended up with a lot of speculation. For me it is always an honour but I am completely focused."

Villas-Boas did spark alarm during his pre-match press conference by suggesting he was willing to leave White Hart Lane soon, with management in Brazil interesting to him.

"Yes, definitely, Brazil … my feelings are the same," he said. "I would definitely move very, very soon to a club in a different league." It was later suggested that Villas-Boas had accidentally used "soon" instead of "one day".

Spurs face a crucial game against Wigan on Saturday in their pursuit of Champions League football. They can jump up to third place with a win at the DW Stadium, while rivals Arsenal and Chelsea face Manchester United and Swansea respectively on Sunday.

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