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Eriksson linked as Benfica delegation spotted in Manchester

Benfica are staying tightlipped over their interest in Manchester City boss Sven Goran Eriksson.

A delegation from Benfica including president Luis Felipe Vieira and captain Rui Costa, the club's future sporting director, were filmed by Portuguese broadcaster SIC in a hotel in Manchester where the former England boss had also reportedly been.

The club refused to confirm anybody from Benfica had met with Eriksson or offered him a contract.

Benfica spokesman Ricardo Maia said: "We will not comment on any suggestions of a future Benfica coach now.

"Whether someone is or is not in Manchester to try to persuade Eriksson, we have nothing to say about it."

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