Angry Scolari denies retirement claims

Luiz Felipe Scolari has vehemently denied claims that he will retire at the end of the Chinese Super League season.

World Cup-winning manager Scolari has proved an emphatic success at Guangzhou Evergrande during almost two years with the club after lifting the Asian Champions League and two CSL titles.

Reports in his native Brazil claimed Scolari is ready to call time on his illustrious career, but the 68-year-old insists he wants to extend his contract at Guangzhou.

“It is completely untrue,” he said.

“I don’t know what the intention was behind this fake news. I have to repeat that my contract with Evergrande is due until the end of this year and I have the option of a one-year extension.

“I love my job in Guangzhou, and I love my players. My family in Brazil don’t need me to quit my work here to take care of them at home.

“It is normal that I take some holidays back in Brazil, and I haven’t seen my wife for four or five months.

“I went back and brought them to Guangzhou, that’s it. I believe I will spend more time here.”