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Villas-Boas rejects fresh speculation

May 11, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Porto coach Andre Villas-Boas has once again pledged his future to the club in an attempt to calm speculation regarding a possible move to Chelsea.

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Villas-Boas is one of Europe's most highly-regarded young coaches and his success with Porto has seen him linked to all manner of clubs, including Chelsea, who could be searching for a replacement for Carlo Ancelotti when they end the season without a trophy.

By contrast, Porto are one game away from ending their victorious league campaign unbeaten and will also contest the Europa League final against Braga next Wednesday.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Villas-Boas made clear once more that he has no intention of leaving Estadio do Dragao

"My future, as you know, is completely linked to Porto," Villas-Boas said. "I do not know of any official interest from other clubs."

Porto president Pinto da Costa is also confident of retaining the services of the 33-year-old. At a dinner to celebrate Porto's 25th league title, he said: "Out of the thousands of times that he has been asked if he would be leaving for another club, he has always responded that he is in his dream position already."

Speaking to Villas-Boas, Da Costa added: "We want to see you happy in this job for many years, and we will provide you with the conditions so that this season is the first of many with the success that we all want."