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By ESPN Staff

Trapattoni denies Red Bull Salzburg job offer

BERLIN, May 20 (Reuters) - Former Italy coach Giovanni Trapattoni denied in a German television interview on Saturday that he has agreed to accept a job as team boss with Red Bull Salzburg with Lothar Matthaeus as his coach.

The 67-year-old said he had still not yet made any final decision on whether to join Red Bull.

Red Bull Salzburg had announced on its website on Friday that Trapattoni and Matthaeus, 45, had been hired by Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz, as team boss and coach respectively.

'It's an honour that Salzburg is interested in me,' Trapattoni told ZDF. 'But such a step has to be carefully considered. That I've signed a contract is a piece of news that is absolutely not accurate.

'A decision on my part will come at the earliest next week.'

Trapattoni also clarified what roles he and Matthaeus would have if they went to Salzburg.

'Lothar is a good friend but it's clear that I would be the chief coach and Matthaeus would be my assistant,' Trapattoni said in the interview which is to be broadcast on Saturday.

'Lothar was my player, he knows my experience. Naturally it would depend on Lothar but he has already signalled that he would like to work with me.'

Trapattoni, who was fired by VfB Stuttgart in February, coached Matthaeus at Inter Milan and at Bayern Munich in 1997.

Matthaeus coached Rapid Vienna and Partizan Belgrade before a spell as Hungary's coach and a brief stint in Brazil.

Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer, who lives near Salzburg, had a role in arranging the deal, Red Bull said.

On its website, Red Bull Salzburg were still saying Trapattoni had agreed to take over the 'team chief' job immediately and that Matthaeus would be the 'new trainer'.

It also quotes Trapattoni saying: 'I come to Salzburg to make great things happen together with Red Bull.'