Keith Duffy has spoken out following reports he’s quitting Coronation Street to concentrate on his music career.

A Sunday tabloid claimed the Boyzone star, who reappeared as ladies’ man Ciaran McCarthy in the soap this year, had decided not to renew his contract because the band was his priority.

But Keith told the soap’s official website that the report was “news to him” and he was able to “combine” his music and soap roles.

In a statement, he said: “I am happy and very excited to be working on Coronation Street.

“I’ve got some great storylines coming up and whilst I do have commitments to Boyzone, I have been able to combine the two things very well. I love playing Ciaran!”

The Irish star rejoined the cast in January this year after a previous two-and-a-half year stint on the ITV1 show, which ended in 2005.

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