Sir Alex Ferguson says it is 'absolute nonsense' that Manchester United have given Wesley Sneijder an ultimatum regarding a move to Old Trafford.
United have been heavily linked with a bid for the Inter Milan midfielder amid suggestions Ferguson is searching for a long-term replacement for the retired Paul Scholes.
The Red Devils boss has recently suggested he is not in the market for a new midfielder, but the links to Sneijder persist.
Reports had claimed that the Premier League champions have put a final contract offer to Sneijder following claims the Netherlands international wants to be the club's highest-paid player.
However, speaking after United's 2-1 win over Barcelona in Washington on Saturday evening, Ferguson dismissed the latest bout of speculation regarding Sneijder.
"Absolute nonsense," said Ferguson. "I have never discussed him. There is nothing new."
Ferguson is clearly unhappy with the story and emphasised his desire to find a replacement for Scholes from within his present squad by talking up the performance of England Under 21 midfielder Tom Cleverley.
"It an area we have to find a solution for," he said.
"That is why we played Tom Cleverley today. Physically he is not the strongest but he is wiry and has a great idea of the game.
"He is a good footballer and was our best player today. His discipline was terrific. He is a quick passer of the ball. He has good eyes.
"It was a big night for him. He is a big, strong possibility for us to start the season."