Roberto Mancini has insisted there is no truth in Wayne Bridge's claim that he refuses to talk to the out-of-favour Manchester City defender.
Bridge has barely featured for City since Mancini took charge at the Etihad Stadium in 2009, and the Italian says he told the former England left-back that he had no future at the club not long after he arrived.
Mancini recently questioned Bridge's motives for remaining at City, hinting that the player's salary of a reported £90,000 a week was the overriding factor.
Bridge denied this and revealed his discontent at Mancini's managerial techniques, but now the City boss has hit back once more.
"Bridge said I don't speak to him. That is not true," said Mancini.
"I told Wayne two years ago that he was not part of our plans and if he wanted to find a good solution he should go somewhere else."
Mancini has stated that he hopes Bridge and fellow defender Nedum Onuoha will leave City during next month's transfer window.