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Barca deny Mourinho move


Barca deny Mourinho move

Football Transfer Centre

Despite reports of Frank Rijkaard's future at Barcelona being in jeopardy, the club have moved swiftly to support the Dutchman and deny interest in Jose Mourinho.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has insisted the Catalans are firmly behind Rijkaard and that no such talks have taken place.

"We're not thinking of another coach. Rijkaard is under contract until 2009" he said.

"He's a great coach whose image matches the club's. He is serene, sensible, capable, hard-working and he has a sense of humour.

"He has been with us for five years and he will leave when he wants."