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By ESPN Staff
Aug 22, 2007

Tottenham deny link to Sevilla boss 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.

'There was not the slightest possibility that I would accept it because I'm under contract. It did not interest me or the club.

'I wasn't in a meeting with anyone, what happened was that I met with a person and that person went on to meet other people who were surely Tottenham,' said Ramos, who led Sevilla to UEFA Cup victory last season.

Tottenham on Wednesday issued a statement denying they have offered the position of manager to anyone whilst Martin Jol has been in the job.

Ramos has been linked with a possible move to the Premier League club ever since 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.

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.

'We are in the middle of a great project with Sevilla and there is still work to do,' Ramos told the news conference.

When quizzed on media reports that Chelsea had told former Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello they wanted Ramos to take charge at the end of the season, he replied: 'I have got a good relationship with Fabio, but I've no knowledge of that situation.

'I'm not saying whether it's true or not but that I have no knowledge of it.'