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Porto boss says Liverpool link is 'absurd' ahead of Europa semi

Porto coach Andre Villas Boas said reports linking him with a move to clubs in England or Italy were "absurd".

The 33-year-old has reportedly attracted attention from clubs such as Roma, Juventus, Chelsea and Liverpool after leading Porto to the Portuguese league title in his first full season.

"There are incredible stories. Supposedly I said no to Roma because I was going to Liverpool," the coach said ahead of this evening's Europa League semi-final first leg against Spanish side Villarreal. "It's absurd."



Footsteps

Interest from Europe's major clubs will almost certainly increase if Villas Boas follows in the footsteps of his former boss Jose Mourinho by adding a European trophy to the domestic title.

But first he must guide Porto to the May 18 final in Dublin by overcoming Villarreal.

Meanwhile, Benfica coach Jorge Jesus believes there are no favourites in his side's Europa League semi-final tie against fellow Portuguese team Braga.

Jesus' men have already wrapped up second spot in the Portuguese league with three games to go.

Braga sit in third, 14 points behind the Eagles, although Jesus believes this does not make his side the favourites for the tie.

He said: "We cannot assess who is stronger.

"Benfica are ahead in the league that does not mean we are better."

PORTO v VILLAREAL, LIVE 3E (KO 8.05)

BENFICA v BRAGA, LIVE SETANTA IRE (KO 8.05)


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