Wed, Feb 21, 2007 - Page 7 News List

Real deny Capello resignation rumors

DPA , MADRID

Real Madrid have denied media reports that coach Fabio Capello handed in his resignation on Monday evening, just one day before their Champions League clash against Bayern Munich.

"The board is unaware of any resignation by Fabio Capello and we were very surprised by the reports that appeared in the media," club spokesman Miguel Angel Arroyo told a news conference at the Bernabeu.

"It hardly contributes to the right atmosphere on the eve of such an important match as tomorrow's [yesterday's] game," he said. "Reports like this only serve to destabilize the club and we'd like to express our surprise and dismay about this type of report."

"In this world you can be sure of very few things, but I can guarantee that the board has not received any resignation from Fabio Capello either verbally or in written form," he said.

Radio station Cadena COPE reported Capello had thrown in the towel as Real coach, but would sit on the bench for the match against Bayern at the Bernabeu before leaving the club.

Capello has become a very unpopular figure at the troubled club. He was jeered after Saturday's 0-0 draw at home to lowly Betis, which left Real fourth in La Liga.

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