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By ESPN Staff

Spurs made me a 'dizzying' offer - Ramos

MADRID, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Sevilla coach Juande Ramos has said he received a 'dizzying' offer to take charge at Tottenham Hotspur but never considered accepting the approach from the English club.

'They made an excellent, dizzying offer, but I'm under contract to Sevilla and my decision is to fulfil it,' Ramos told a news conference on Wednesday.

However, Ramos insists he has not let the recent speculation linking him with Tottenham get under his skin.

Ramos, who has led Sevilla to five trophies in the last two years, has been heavily linked with a switch to Spurs over the last few days as a possible replacement for Martin Jol.

However, Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido seemingly quashed those reports yesterday when he announced that Ramos had confirmed he would be remaining with the Andalusian outfit at least until his contract runs out next summer.

The speculation about Ramos' future has come just days before the start of the Spanish season, but the 52-year-old coach insists he has taken it all in his stride.

'I am very calm because there is still a lot of time left until June 2008. My future will be looked at in June 2008 and I have not been unsettled by anything that has been talked about. I am totally calm,' Ramos said on the club website.

'The same thing always happens with successful teams. In this team they talk about Daniel (Alves), about (Frederic) Kanoute, about me... This happens when a team is doing well and you need to accept it.'

Sevilla, who under Ramos have won two UEFA Cups, the UEFA Super Cup, the Copa del Rey and the Spanish Super Cup, host Getafe on Saturday in their opening Primera Liga fixture.