TOZALI SPORT UPDATE:Roberto Martinez was quick to dismiss talk of possible contact with Real Madrid over the vacant head coach position on Friday.
The Belgium boss speculated to be one of the leading candidates to succeed Julan Lopetegui on a permanent basis following his sack at the end of October.
However, Martinez insists his only concern is Belgium national league matches with Iceland and Switzerland, which occur next week.
“I don’t want to say whether I or my agent had contact with real Madrid”, he told a news conference.
“This is irrelevant and would be of little respect in the run-up to the matches against Switzerland and Iceland. That’s what we are doing now”
When pressed on whether Madrid could be an option i his future, Martinez replied. “I don’t want to talk about anything other than the matches against Switzerland and Iceland.
Martinez has long been earmarked as one of the favorite for the Madrid job, along with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.
However rumor is building that interim coach Santiago Solari could be offered the role full-time after leading the team to three wins and no goals conceded in three games.
By Khadijah Yakubu Abdullahi.