Real Madrid have denied Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez’s claim that he was approached to become their next manager.
Benitez claims he turned down an offer from Real that would have doubled his Anfield salary.
“I said no to Real when they offered me more money than I get here, even though there maybe were greater expectations,” said Benitez.
“Madrid may be my town, but I am happy here and pleased with everything. We want to stay because of the new ideas and the new owners are very exciting.”
But Real responded: “Real Madrid wish to deny any negotiations with Benitez, or any other, concerning his possible incorporation to the club next season.”
Benitez reportedly turned down an offer from Real last summer.
The latest development follows Real publicly denying media reports in Spain last week that coach Fabio Capello would be leaving the club this month.
However, Real’s statement on Wednesday added: “Real Madrid are counting on prestigious coach Fabio Capello, who still has two years remaining on his three-year contract.”