Massimo Moratti has refused to play down speculation linking Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi with a move to Inter Milan.
Earlier this week, Argentina ace Messi said he believed Nerazzurri president Moratti was joking about signing him, but admitted he was flattered nonetheless.
And while the 23-year-old forward insisted he had no intention of leaving Spain, Moratti has done nothing to dispel rumours he is set for a switch to Giuseppe Meazza.
"Contrary to the way in which his words were reported, Messi was very kind," Moratti told Sky Italia.
"He said: 'Moratti is very kind, I believe he was joking but it makes me happy'.
"Anyway, it wasn't a complete joke and the thing with jokes is that you never know how they are going to end."