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Madrid denies Capello will leave after Champions League match against Bayern

Madrid denies Capello will leave after Champions League match against Bayern

Real Madrid denied media reports that manager Fabio Capello had resigned from the Spanish club on Monday.
Spain's Cope radio station said Capello would leave struggling Madrid after Tuesday's first-leg, first knockout round European Champions League match against Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium regardless of the result.
"We were very surprised by the reports that appeared in the media," club spokesman Miguel Angel Arroyo said. "In this world you can assure very few things, but I can guarantee that that the board has not received any resignation from Fabio Capello either verbally or in written form."
Capello has received criticism for a slump in which the club has won only one of four games _ including Saturday's 0-0 draw at home to Real Betis _ that has dropped the side to fourth in the league. It also was eliminated from the Copa del Rey last month.
"It hardly contributes to the right atmosphere on the eve of such an important match as tomorrow's game," Arroyo 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."
Capello guided Madrid to the Spanish title in his first spell at the Bernabeu in 1997, but has been the target of protests by many fans at Madrid's last two home games.
Madrid has not won a trophy since 2003 _ its longest drought in half a century. Capello was hired in July as Madrid's sixth coach in three years.


Updated : 2021-10-22 03:04 GMT+08:00