Sunday, 20th April, 2014

Andre Villas-Boas has dismissed speculation he could take over at Barcelona and expressed his determination to build a "great" side at Zenit St. Petersburg.

Villas-Boas was appointed Zenit coach last month, marking a quick return to management following his sacking by Tottenham Hotspur in December.

The Portuguese tactician has wasted little time making his mark in Russia, leading Zenit to the top of the Premier League standings, one point clear of former leaders Lokomotiv Moscow.

With just four league games left to play, Villas-Boas could enjoy early success with the Gazprom-backed club.


There has been talk he could make a quick exit though and succeed Gerardo Martino at Barcelona. But Villas-Boas is at pains to dismiss such talk.

"These reports [about Barcelona] do not correspond to reality. There has been no contact", he explained to Portuguese daily A Bola.

"I am just thinking about Zenit and I'm happy with my work in Russia.

"We have plans to build a great team."

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