Atletico Madrid coach Javier Aguirre insists there's no rift with sports chief Jesus Garcia Pitarch.

The Mexican said: "He respects my work and I his. We have not fallen out.

"When the team is eliminated from the Copa and loses two games there's always going to be speculation. But the reports are wrong.

"I have a contract and my mission. I intend to fulfill it. It finishes in June and until then I want to be free to focus on my responsibilities."