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Luis Figo has denied reports that he has been released by Real Madrid and claims he wants to honour the final year of his contract.

Reports in Spain claimed that the Portuguese international had been released from the final 12 months of his contract after he fell out with Real coach Wanderley Luxemburgo.

However, the winger has reiterated his desire to stay with the club.

“I want to honour my contract,” Figo told Portuguese television station TVI.

“But if that is not their wish we will have to find an agreement.

“I have no knowledge of this information but if that has been published today then there will be more in the coming days.

“I’m not playing so I understand that it can’t be very nice for the club to pay me for not playing but there are other players in the same situation.”

Figo has previously claimed that he would like to end his career in the Premiership, with Middlesbrough believed to be interested in sinigng him. However, the Boro chief executive Keith Lamb played down the reports.

“I don’t know anything about Luis Figo joining us,” said Boro chief executive Keith Lamb.

“I don’t think he’ll be coming here. We aren’t looking to sign players over 28.”

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