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Alarm bells sounding for Everton

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By ESPN Staff

Scolari denies 'Ronaldo must go' comments

Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has denied suggesting Cristiano Ronaldo should leave Manchester United to play in Spain.

Scolari was reported to have said that Ronaldo would benefit from a move to Barcelona, but speaking in the build-up to Tuesday's friendly against Brazil, the Brazilian claimed he had been misquoted.

'I don't have any explanation on this matter, for what they wrote or didn't write,' Scolari said. 'It doesn't matter - what I say goes in one ear and out the other.'

Scolari backed Ronaldo to become one of the best players in the world, but said he was only interested in the winger's international future - not where he plays his club football.

'It's not a matter that concerns me,' he said.

When asked about the matter, Ronaldo said he was unaware of the reports.

'I don't know anything about it,' he said. When Scolari's reported comments were repeated to him, Ronaldo said: 'He didn't say that. 100%.'

However, Scolari was willing to talk about his own future, but made it clear that he has not made any plans beyond helping Portugal qualify for Euro 2008.

They currently lie fourth in their group but have a game in hand on those teams above them.

'My first thought is to see out my contract with Portugal to 2008 and help the team to qualify,' he said. 'If we do not achieve that, it is not a very good situation.

'I do not see myself returning (to Brazil) right away. My family is settled in Europe, but I don't know where I'm going to be. For the moment, I am staying here.'

Scolari was close to becoming Sven-Goran Eriksson's successor as England boss, but turned down the job amid a media storm in the build-up to the last World Cup.

But he insisted that he still liked the idea of coaching in England.

'I would like to be in England because of the involvement of the game, the spectacular organisation and the people in football.

'I don't think about English clubs at the moment. I don't have a choice to make. I can adapt to any place. It depends on the offer that is made, the financial offer, the standard of living and so on. I can consider any offer after 2008.'