Villas-Boas quashes move rumours

19 May 2011 06:30

Porto manager Andre Villas-Boas wrote his name into the history books by lifting the Europa League after a 1-0 victory over Braga and moved quickly to insist that neither he nor his star players will be leaving the club this summer.

Falcao's 44th-minute header meant Villas-Boas became the youngest manager to win a UEFA club competition. The 33-year-old had already won the Portuguese Super Cup and the league before the victory, and he will pick up a fourth winners' medal if the Dragons beat Vitoria Guimaraes in Sunday's cup final.

Villas-Boas reaffirmed his commitment to Porto after the victory and insisted he had only played a small part in the club's success this season, saying: "The speculation is normal with managers and players around the world."

He added: "But it's not easy for any of this talent to run away from us.

"Hulk has a release clause of 100million euros, which is not easy for any club to pay. Falcao's is 30million euros.

"It's very difficult for a club to splash around that amount of money. It's not impossible, but let's hope we can keep the majority of our talent next year."

Braga boss Domingos Paciencia admits it was a disappointing way to end his time in charge of the Arsenalistas, but insists he is still proud of his team for beating the likes of Benfica and Liverpool to get to the final.

"I hope Braga will grow and become stronger," the 42-year-old said.

"I'm sad to go out in this way. But we're still proud of ourselves."

Source: PA