LIVERPOOL managing director Christian Purslow yesterday dismissed reports that manager Rafael Benitez is on the verge of quitting Anfield.
Bookmakers in England suspended betting on his future prior to Wednesdayâ€™s 4-0 victory over Stoke as speculation suggested the Spaniard was set to leave.
It was suggested that Benitez was ready to walk out after Tom Hicks and George Gillett, the clubâ€™s American owners, failed to give him a large enough transfer kitty.
Benitez has been told he has just Â£2 million to buy defensive cover, with Greek centre-back Sotirios Kyrgiakos set to sign from AEK Athens.
But Purslow, who has joined the Reds to take over many of the duties of outgoing chief executive Rick Parry while a full-time replacement is found, has dismissed the conjecture.
â€œItâ€™s 1000 percent rubbish. I had dinner with Rafa and the fact I had not heard the rumours should tell you everything about how true they are,â€ he said in The Sun.
Benitez added: â€œI remain 100 per cent committed to the club, the fans and players.â€
Meanwhile, Benitezâ€™s assistant manager Sammy Lee has been charged by the Football Association with improper conduct after a clash with fourth official Stuart Attwell during the defeat to Tottenham on Sunday. â€” BBCOnline.