Sevilla insist Ramos will stay in Andalucia
MADRID, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Sevilla coach Juande Ramos will remain at the Primera Liga side until the end of the season at least and has no intention of moving to Tottenham Hotspur, club president Jose Maria del Nido said on Tuesday.
'In order to quash the rumours that have come from England in recent days, I want to make it clear that our coach Juande Ramos has assured me that he will complete his contract with the club,' Del Nido told reporters at a specially convened news conference.
'The rumours that he will be leaving are totally false. He will be with us until at least June 2008. The coach's professionalism means that he couldn't consider leaving Sevilla high and dry at the start of the season.
'He told me this looking into my eyes and in the presence of the club's sporting director (Ramon) Monchi (Rodriguez).
'I hope that this will put an end to the speculation.'
Ramos had been linked with the Tottenham job after media reports suggested that manager Martin Jol no longer enjoyed the confidence of club chairman Daniel Levy.
Speculation went into overdrive when the Seville sports paper Estadio Deportivo published photographs of an alleged meeting between Ramos and Tottenham club secretary John Alexander at a hotel in the Andalucian city.
The Sevilla head denied he had talked to the London club and told a news conference on the eve of the Spanish Super Cup that he had been 'meeting a friend'.
Ramos has guided Sevilla to five trophies in the last two seasons, including back-to-back UEFA Cups and the King's Cup.
His side crushed Real Madrid 5-3 on Sunday to complete a 6-3 aggregate win in the Spanish Super Cup and play AC Milan in the European Super Cup next week.
They also have one foot in the Champions League group stage after a 2-0 win over AEK Athens in first leg of their third qualifying round tie.