Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has played down talk of Anzhi Makhachkala striker Samuel Eto'o returning to the San Siro during the Russian winter break.
The 30-year-old joined the Russian side in the summer transfer window in a move that reportedly made him the best paid player in the world.
Eto'o scored 37 goals in all competitions last year but the Nerazzurri have struggled in the absence of the Cameroon international this term, gleaning just four points from their opening five league games.
Inter's poor start had risen hopes that they would be able to secure the services of the four-time African Footballer of the Year during the break in Russia for January and February.
Eto'o would potentially be available for nine Serie A games and a Champions League game if Inter progress from the groups, however, speaking on Thursday to journalists, Moratti has moved to quash these rumours.
"I was away until today, so do not know anything about this Eto'o story," he said.
"I read the newspapers and saw a very aggressive reaction from the Russian club, but they should know it's all news to me. I have not discussed anything with Eto'o, so...
"Would I like the idea? It's a bit strange, but I tend to respect the agreements made with his club.
"Of course it's pleasing that the player would gladly like to return with us, but I think it's pointless talking about it, because in all honesty I know less than you do."
He added: "We absolutely did not discuss the possibility of a loan during his transfer negotiations.
"The squad is very fond of Eto'o, but I repeat there is no point talking about this because it is 90 per cent unlikely to happen. I have no basis to comment on."