Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has turned down any overtures from Turkey to become their national team manager, says assistant Marco Tardelli.

Turkey is currently managerless after Fatih Terim stepped down after the team failed to qualify for this summer's World Cup in South Africa.

The holiday rumors circulating were that Trapattoni, who has turned Ireland into a very credible football force, was offered a lucrative contract to become their new manager.

However, Marco Tardelli was quick to quell such speculation.

"I have spoken with Trap but there's no truth in it," the Irish assistant manager told Radio Uno.

"Then there is also the story he's going to coach Nigeria in the World Cup but there is absolutely no truth to any of these rumors.

"We are happy in Ireland."

Trapattoni renewed his contract with Ireland in September and will lead the team through Euro 2012.

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