Beast bored by exit rumours

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Sevilla striker Julio Baptista has played down the latest round of speculation linking him with Atletico Madrid.

The Brazilian - who is enjoying another free-scoring season - has been tipped to leave Sevilla having failed to agree an improved contract.

However, the 23-year-old - known as 'The Beast' - is still contracted to the Andalusian outfit until June 2008, with his buy-out clause standing at some ‚é¼25 million.

Baptista admits he is becoming tired of the stories surrounding his future and insists he is committed to Sevilla.

"I am bored by the rumours on my departure when I am not the only person who will decide on this," he stated.

"I have a long contract with Sevilla and any club interested in me need to speak with my club.

"I am very happy at Sevilla and do not have any interest in Atletico Madrid. I am only thinking about working hard."