Brazil national team boss Tite has, on Monday, responded to surprise speculation that he has been locked in negotiations for some time now, over replacing Mikel Arteta as the manager of Premier League giants Arsenal.
Altogether bizarre rumours pointing towards Tite's potential instillation at the Emirates first came to the fore in the media earlier this week.
The info was pushed by Brazilian outlet Globo, who went as far as to claim that Edu Gaspar, technical director at Arsenal, had already made contact with his fellow countryman regarding the hotseat in north London.
This came amid 'the intention of signing him after the World Cup', according to a series of alleged inside sources.
Tite, for his part, was then labelled as open to the prospect of trying his hand with the Gunners, amid claims of ongoing negotiations regarding an agreement beginning in the summer of 2023.
Speaking to the media ahead of Brazil's World Cup qualifying clash with Bolivia on Wednesday, it therefore came as little surprise when such speculation was put to Tite himself earlier this evening.
The veteran tactician, however, was quick to pour cold water on Globo's claims.
"I apologize to Arsenal, but that information did not come from us and there is absolutely nothing," Tite explained. "At a time of such great 'fake news', information that is not true makes me sad and I hope that this is corrected, because retracting enhances.
"My family can rest easy because I have dignity and great respect for the Brazilian team."
Neymar amongst the goals
Tite reiterating his commitment to the Brazilian setup of course comes just days on from the Selecao boss leading his country to another impressive result.
In their first outing since early February, Tite and co. welcomed Chile to the Maracana, for their latest World Cup qualifier.
And, despite having long booked their spot at the Qatar showpiece, Brazil eventually emerged on the right side of a dominant 4-0 scoreline, owing to strikes from all of Neymar, Vinicius Jr, Philippe Coutinho and Richarlison.
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