Brazil coach Tite has denied suggestions that he has held talks with Real Madrid over the vacant managerial position at the club.

Real are on the lookout for a replacement for Zinedine Zidane, who left last month having guided the Spanish giants to three consecutive Champions League triumphs.

There had been suggestions that Tite had spoken to Real about taking charge, but the 57-year-old says he is fully focused on Brazil’s World Cup campaign. 

Brazil coach Tite has dismissed reports that he has been in talks with Real Madrid

Brazil coach Tite has dismissed reports that he has been in talks with Real Madrid

Brazil coach Tite has dismissed reports that he has been in talks with Real Madrid

As reported by Goal, Tite said: ‘When it is an opinion, it deserves my respect. When it is put in quotation marks, it is a lie; it is a disrespectful and lying attitude. That’s my word.

‘I did not get in touch with anyone. Gilmar Veloz [Tite’s agent], my friend, did not speak to anyone.

‘I have a great respect for where I am. I know the responsibilities and the goals I have here.’

The 57-year-old has been mentioned as a possible successor to Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid

The 57-year-old has been mentioned as a possible successor to Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid

The 57-year-old has been mentioned as a possible successor to Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid

Tite’s contract with Brazil runs until the end of the World Cup, while his relationship with Neymar is also thought to be an enticing factor as far as the Real hierarchy are concerned.

REAL MADRID’S LAST FIVE MANAGERS 

Zinedine Zidane – 2016-2018

Rafa Benitez – 2015-2016

Carlo Ancelotti – 2013-2015

Jose Mourinho – 2010-2013

Manuel Pellegrini – 2009-2010 

 

However, if Real are to bring in Tite then it appears that they will have to wait until after the World Cup has finished.

Others to have been linked with succeeding Zidane include Guti, Antonio Conte and Arsene Wenger, and the club want to make an appointment quickly so that they can focus on adding to their squad ahead of next season.

Real have dominated Europe in recent years but they also want to re-establish themselves as the leading side in La Liga at the expense of Barcelona.

There are also issues with potential departures to deal with, especially regarding the future of Gareth Bale, who was unhappy at not being a regular starter under Zidane last season.

Tite’s Brazil, meanwhile, warmed up for the World Cup with a 3-0 victory over Austria, with Gabriel Jesus, Neymar and Philippe Coutinho all on the scoresheet.

Brazil get their World Cup campaign underway on June 17 when they face Switzerland. 

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