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Tigres president: No contact with Mexico over coach Ricardo Ferretti

The Mexican federation (FMF) has not approached Tigres regarding Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti's future and the possibility of him taking over El Tri on a permanent basis, according to club president Miguel Garza.

Ferretti was the interim coach as Mexico fell to Uruguay and the United States over the past week and rumors continue to suggest the 64-year-old is the FMF's number one option for the job.

But the FMF isn't negotiating with Tigres to extend Ferretti's role beyond the remaining friendlies this year, according to Garza. Ferretti is expected to be in charge on an interim basis for Mexico's upcoming games in Tigres' Estadio Universitario on Oct. 11 against Costa Rica and in Queretaro against Chile on Oct. 16.

"The contract we have is well constructed and the federation hasn't approached to say it is interested in Ricardo Ferretti," Garza told reporters in Monterrey on Thursday. "It is speculation from the media."

Garza added that the FMF hadn't even been in contact to thank Tigres for loaning Ferretti for the friendlies. 

"The situation hasn't changed, for him or us; he'll continue here in Tigres and I don't understand the fuss," said Garza. "It must be from the federation, not from Tigres. If 'Tuca' wanted [the national team job] he would've said so."

Garza hinted that the national team reporters asking open questions about his future may have led to the increased speculation, although Ferretti didn't use any of his news conferences to flatly deny he could be interested in the job.

Ferretti had appeared to close the door on the national team job when Juan Carlos Osorio announced he wouldn't be continuing in late July, but hinted that "the cards are on the table" and that he hoped for a swift solution to the situation in his postgame news conference last Tuesday.

Ferretti returned to training with Tigres on Thursday morning, but made more headlines in Mexico when a photo went viral showing his red Ferrari being pulled over by traffic police.


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