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By ESPN Staff

Scolari silent on future until after tournament ends

Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has again insisted he will make no decision on his long-term future until his team's participation in Euro 2008 is over.

The Brazilian has been linked with a move to Chelsea to succeed the sacked Avram Grant, but for the moment is focusing only on Portugal's bid to claim European glory in Austria and Switzerland.

Ahead of his side's Group A opener against Turkey on Saturday, Scolari told a packed Stade de Geneve press conference: 'And I am talking on behalf of the Portuguese team. What's going to happen to me after Euro 2008 - if I am going to stay or leave - concerns (only) me and I am not going to talk about it now.'

He added: 'I'm here as the Portugal squad's coach. I am going to work hard for the Portugal squad until the end of the Euros.

'It might be during the first phase, the second phase or the last phase - I don't know. If it depends on me, we will still be playing on June 29.

'If I decide to leave or stay, I am only going to make a public declaration at the end of Euro 2008. If something else happens during the Euros, I am not going to answer although things may go this way or that way but I am here to work for the Euros.

'I started working for Portugal in 2004, then I signed up for 2006... I might sign again, I might leave the squad, I don't know.'

Scolari added that he would sit down with his family to consider his options before revealing his plans.

'It's a situation I am going to examine closely but regardless of what happens, I am not going to talk about it now,' he said.

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