Fiorentina deny reports of manager Paulo Sousa leaving club

Fiorentina have denied reports that manager Paulo Sousa is leaving the Serie A club.

The 46-year-old boss has been tipped to step down after a little more than a year in charge, but the Viola have refuted the speculation on Monday.

In a statement, the club said: "Fiorentina flatly denies the news entirely without foundation of an imminent parting of coach Paulo Sousa," a club statement read.

"Fiorentina regrets and is surprised the superficial way in which such a serious scenario has been reported.

"Fiorentina has always cooperated with the press and individual journalists who speak in the first person on social networks, respecting the right of opinion and criticism, but does not intend to accept communication based on conjecture, assumptions or reconstructions unfounded and unverified.

"All of this fact undermines the peace of the club, its players and fans by creating confusion and damage."

Fiorentina, who finished fifth in the table last season, have started the 2016-17 campaign with a win and a loss from their opening two games.