'I have a contract' - Ruben Amorim brushes off Liverpool speculation after huge win

Liverpool managerial target Ruben Amorim has brushed off speculation linking him with a Sporting CP exit this summer, insisting that he is simply focusing on the final games of the season. 

The 39-year-old is now regarded as Liverpool's priority candidate to replace Jurgen Klopp at the end of the season but he has, rather understandably, been coy on his future plans.

Sporting are still on course for a domestic double this season and took a step towards the Primeira Liga title on Sunday when they beat Vitoria de Guimaraes 3-0 to move ten points clear at the top of the table before Benfica's match on Monday.

However, Amorim refused to be drawn into discussions on his future after the final whistle, claiming that 'nothing has changed' in recent weeks.

RUBEN AMORIM REBUFFS EXIT TALK WITH CONTRACT CLAIMS

Speaking after the match, Amorim was asked what needs to happen for him to stay at Sporting for a long time, to which he replied (via A Bola): "First we will close the championship and then we will think about it. I have a contract, nothing changes, the situation is the same as always.

"We are starting to change the paradigm if we win the championship, but that is a much longer thing in history. I said when I renewed that winning another championship would be a good sign.

"Nothing has changed, I'll be here next week, I'm Sporting's coach. I have a contract and we have to move on."

Amorim's current deal expires in 2026 but it appears unlikely that a manager of such potential and pedigree will still be in Lisbon by then.

Sporting are now just two victories from only a third league crown in the 21st century, two of which will have come under Amorim if they can see off Lisbon rivals Benfica in the title race.

They are also in the Taca de Portugal final where they will face familiar foes in Porto at the end of the campaign.

Therefore, it's unlikely that Amorim will publicly voice his plans until their season comes to a complete conclusion, with the cup final taking place on 26 May.

It seems that Liverpool supporters will have to wait a little longer to hear official news of Klopp's successor - whoever that may be.

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