Newcastle signing Sylvain Marveaux has reiterated he did not fail a medical at Liverpool, insisting he is 'perfectly fit'.
The Frenchman had appeared on course to sign on Merseyside on a free transfer from Rennes following negotiations with the Anfield club.
However, in a surprise twist, the Magpies announced on Saturday they had captured the 25-year-old on a five-year deal.
Reports had emerged on Friday evening that Marveaux had failed to come through a medical at Liverpool, prompting the move to fall through.
But the left-sided midfielder, who underwent groin surgery in February, is adamant this was not the case, and says he has been fully fit for months.
"Frankly, those rumours aren't anything," he told L'Equipe. "I am perfectly fit, and capable of playing again.
"I resumed individual training sessions at Rennes late last season and I could have played the last match if the club wanted.
"I am a little disgusted to read rumours like that because I know it could affect the rest of my career."