Agent dismisses Guardiola links with Russia

The representative of the former Barcelona coach insists there has not been an offer from the Russian Football Union with a view to his client succeeding Dick Advocaat
Josep Maria Orobitg, the agent of Pep Guardiola, has stressed that there is no truth in rumours linking the 41-year-old with the Russia head coach vacancy.

Several reports suggested that the trainer was due to arrive in Moscow on Friday to open talks with the Russian Football Union (RFU).

However, Orobitg has made it clear that Guardiola is currently in New York, and intends to stay there the remaining months of the year.

"Pep has not received an offer from Russia. I don't understand where this information is coming from," he stated to Izvetia.

"He's in New York at the moment with his family, and he intends to stay there for the remainder of 2012."

The RFU is in the market for a new coach following the departure of Dick Advocaat, who left his position after Euro 2012.

Fabio Capello and Luciano Spalletti are also believed to be in the frame for the role.