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Brazil boss Tite reacts to speculation over his future

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Brazil manager Tite offered an abrupt response when asked about rumours going about suggesting he will leave after the Copa America final.

Speculation has been growing in local media suggesting Tite will call it a day at the end of Brazil’s final against Peru on Sunday. Apparently, he’s upset by some staff changes made by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF).

These troubling rumours have overshadowed the national team’s preparations for their first Copa America final appearance in 12 years.

Naturally, the CBF attempted to shut down these claims by insisting Tite will remain in charge of Brazil after the tournament. While defender Marquinhos insisted the entire team want the 58-year-old to remain in charge.

But Tite only offered reporters an abrupt response on these rumours by stating the length of his contract.

“The contract is until 2022, after the World Cup,” said the Brazilian, according to OneFootball.

“That’s the contract I have with CBF.”

Despite the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Tite’s future, however, Brazil remain strong favourites to beat Peru and win a ninth Copa America title.

A large part of this comes down to their 5-0 thrashing of Peru in their Group A finale just two weeks ago. Furthermore, they’ve also won five of their last six encounters against La Blanquirroja.

But Ricardo Gareca’s side have improved since then and defeated cup holders Chile 3-0 in the semi-finals in impressive fashion.

“I talked after that match about the difficulties we face against Peru, and that the scoreboard was not representative of the match,” said Tite.

“Both teams are stronger now. It will come down to who wants it more and who performs better on the pitch.

“We have to prepare ourselves for every possible situation, including conceding the first goal, and we are prepared.”

The Brazil and Peru Copa America final will begin at 22:00 (CET) on Sunday.

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL – JUNE 27: Alisson Becker of Brazil celebrates with teammate Gabriel Jesus winning in the penalty shootout after the Copa America Brazil 2019 quarterfinal match between Brazil and Paraguay at Arena do Gremio on June 27, 2019 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)