Ferguson not expecting Queiroz to move to Benfica

Manchester United's manager Alex Ferguson (L) celebrates with coach Carlos Queiroz (R) following their Champions League quarter final second-leg football match against AS Roma in Manchester, England, April 10 2007. REUTERS/Phil Noble

MANCHESTER (Reuters) - Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson does not expect his assistant Carlos Queiroz to become coach of Benfica next season.

Portuguese media reports said Benfica wanted Queiroz to take over from Fernando Chalana, who has been in temporary charge since Spanish coach Jose Antonio Camacho left this month.

“I can’t speak for Carlos but I’m quite certain he’ll not be going to Benfica next year,” Ferguson told reporters on Friday.

Ferguson said there had been no approach from Benfica for former Portugal national coach Queiroz who is in his second spell at the Premier League champions.

The 55-year-old had a stint as coach of Real Madrid in the 2003-04 season.

Editing by Ed Osmond