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By ESPN Staff

Sevilla: 'No announcement planned' over Ramos

Sevilla remain unchanged in their stance regarding coach Juande Ramos, insisting on Friday evening that the 53-year-old was still in charge of the Primera Liga club amid speculation of a possible move to Tottenham.

Ramos, who was heavily linked with a switch to White Hart Lane this summer, is reportedly the front-runner to replace Martin Jol at Spurs following the Dutchman's sacking on Thursday night.

However, Ramos took training at Sevilla as normal on Friday following a brief chat with club president Jose Maria Del Nido, and the Andalusian outfit insists there is nothing new to report regarding the UEFA Cup-winning coach's position at the club.

'There have been no changes. Juande Ramos is still manager of Sevilla football club,' a club spokesman told PA Sport on Friday evening.

'There are no announcements planned, but should anything change it will be announced on our website, which is updated 24 hours a day.'

Ramos emerged as a candidate to take over as manager of Spurs back in August, when he claimed to have received a 'dizzying' offer from the Premier League club.

The former Rayo Vallecano and Real Betis coach insisted at the time, though, there was no chance he would be leaving Sevilla for north London then.

Ramos also said he was going to see out the remainder of his contract with Sevilla, which runs out in June 2008.

'Regarding this person that came on behalf of Spurs, he showed me an offer which was very interesting and dizzying, but I have a contract with Sevilla and I am to complete my contract,' Ramos said in August.

'I was not interested in the offer because I am in a very interesting project with Sevilla.

'I haven't spoken to the club (Sevilla) because there was no possibility of me accepting it.'

Current speculation in both Spain and England suggests Ramos may be about to do a u-turn on that decision though, with top Spanish sports daily Marca reporting the coach could leave Sevilla sometime on Friday.

The paper reported: 'The coach (Ramos) has told the Andalusian club of his decision to leave and (president) Jose Maria Del Nido and (sporting director Ramon Rodriguez) Monchi have held an emergency meeting with the coach at the club's training ground to find the best solution to this unexpected conflict of interests.'

Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano revealed on Friday that the reports were unsettling the players, and admitted the team did not know where Ramos' future lay.

The Brazilian told website: 'There is comment, speculation but nothing concrete. We saw the newspapers in the dressing room -- but no more than that.

'In Brazil it happens midway through the season but if someone else were to come in we would have time to adapt.

'It's not good news but what can we do if there is a change of coach?'

Asked if he had spoken to Del Nido, Fabiano said: 'The president said 'hello' -- we did not speak about anything (else).'

Ramos has won five trophies with Sevilla -- including back-to-back UEFA Cups and the Copa del Rey.

He is contracted to Sevilla until 2008 but Spanish media reports suggest he has been offered a seven-million-euro-a-year deal for four years by Tottenham.

Spurs announced after Thursday's 2-1 UEFA Cup defeat to Spanish side Getafe that Jol and assistant boss Chris Hughton had sacked following the club's dismal start to the season.