Luiz Felipe Scolari has denied claims he has been approached to return as Brazil coach but remains the firm favourite to be given the role.
Scolari led Brazil to their 2002 World Cup triumph and appears to have been earmarked as the man to repeat the success when the South American nation hosts the 2014 tournament.
But Scolari told O Estado de S.Paulo: "There has been no contact with Brazil's national team."
He added: "I have been contacted by some clubs, including some foreign ones."
But the words of the former Chelsea boss are unlikely to persuade anyone that the Brazilian Football Confederation are set to look elsewhere following last week's sacking of Mano Menezes.
CBF president Jose Maria Marin has confirmed that Menezes' replacement has already been chosen but declined to reveal the person's identity.
"We did a thorough investigation and what we need is someone with the right skills, dedication and experience," he told reporters in Sao Paulo.
"I am absolutely certain that the fans will be happy with our choice.
"Pressure will be great at the World Cup, and that's understandable, and we need someone who can cope with that. We need everyone to get behind the new coach."
As well as his World Cup win, the 64-year-old Scolari has enjoyed Copa Libertadores success with both Gremio and Palmeiras but was sacked at Chelsea in 2009 after just 244 days in charge.