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Trap quashes Turkey talk

Giovanni Trapattoni's assistant insists there is "absolutely no truth" to reports that the Republic of Ireland coach is considering taking over the reins of the Turkish national team.

Fatih Terim resigned as Turkey coach after they failed to qualify for the World Cup finals and speculation has been rife that the country's football federation has offered Trapattoni a big-money contract.

However, his number two Marco Tardelli has rubbished the suggestion.

"I have spoken with Trap but there's no truth in it," he said in a radio interview.

"Then there is also the story he's going to coach Nigeria in the World Cup but there is absolutely no truth to any of these rumours.

"We are happy in Ireland."

Trapattoni took charge of Ireland in 2008 and narrowly missed out on a World Cup spot after a controversial defeat to France.

The 70-year-old signed a new deal back in September which will take him through to Euro 2012.

Irish Independent