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Lippi dismisses Real links

Former Juventus and Italy coach Marcello Lippi has quickly dismissed reports that he is in line to replace Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid.

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Lippi, 64, has been touted as a possible replacement for Mourinho at the Bernabeu after a poor first half of the season saw Real fall 16 points behind league leaders Barcelona in the Primera Division standings.

But Lippi has insisted although he is flattered by the reports he is content to remain in China with Guangzhou Evergrande where he only began a two-and-a-half-year contract last summer.

The links emerged because of Real's director of football, Zinedine Zidane, who enjoyed a successful spell under Lippi at Juventus where they won the Serie A title twice and finished as runners-up in the Champions League on two occasions.

"Going to Real Madrid on (Zinedine) Zidane's advice? It's not true. It's not that I'm unhappy to be linked with an important club like Real, but there's nothing in it," Lippi told Italian station Radio Kiss Kiss.

"I don't know what Zidane and (Madrid president) Florentino Perez have said, I've read stuff about it in the papers, but I have two more years on my contract with Guangzhou and I'm very happy in every aspect there.

"Nothing has happened, if they called me I would tell them the same, that I'm still under contract."

Mourinho, meanwhile, brushed aside questions about his Madrid future followinghis arrival in Dubai on Thursday for a football seminar.

He was quoted as telling journalists: "Now is not the time to talk about my future."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.


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