Marseille president Jean-Claude Dassier is adamant he was joking when he recently identified Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema as a loan target.
Dassier told French TV channel M6 that the club could 'reasonably think' of a loan move for the France international.
But the president has since backpedalled, insisting the Ligue 1 champions do not have the 23-year-old on their radar and his comments were made in jest.
"It was humour," Dassier told Eurosport's official website. "We have finished (our business) in the transfer window.
"Nobody is considering recruiting. I said something stupid but that doesn't mean that you have to go on about it."
Benzema arrived at the Bernabeu in 2009 but has struggled to make an impact for Primera Liga giants Real.
The Frenchman, a youth product of Marseille's fierce rivals Lyon, has scored only two goals in La Liga this season.