Ramalho rejects Brazil national job

Published Jul. 23, 2010 5:29 p.m. ET

Fluminense directors say coach Muricy Ramalho has rejected an offer to take over Brazil and will remain at the club.

The Brazilian football federation offered Ramalho the national team job Friday, but the deal was pending an agreement with Fluminense, whose contract with the coach goes until the end of 2012.

Federation president Ricardo Teixeira said Ramalho told him he wanted to coach the national team and agreed with the entity's plan for the 2014 World Cup, but Fluminense club directors said the coach will stay with the club until his contract expires.

Fluminense president Roberto Horcades said in a news conference that Ramalho ''will continue with the club honoring his contract.''