Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has denied that the club are ready to offer Andre Villas-Boas the position of head coach.
It has been reported that the Nerazzurri supremo is considering the possibility of dismissing current coach Claudio Ranieri after a poor run of results which has seen them slip down to seventh position in the Serie A standings.
Inter did put an end to their four-game losing streak after fighting back from a two-goal deficit to rescue a point against Catania at the weekend, but the pressure on Ranieri is seemingly increasing.
And now there are reports Moratti could turn to the Portuguese who was sacked as Chelsea manager on Sunday after just eight months in the job.
The 34-year-old was only appointed in June 2011 and cost billionnaire owner Roman Abramovich £13.3million from FC Porto, but his short reign was dogged by reports of the kind of dressing room unrest that previous managers have said led to their own downfall.
However, talk of Villas-Boas arriving in Milan is well wide of the mark, according to Moratti who told Italian journalists: "Villas-Boas? These are only rumours, only rumours."
And the president was quick to praise Ranieri's side after their battling performance against Catania as goals from Diego Forlan and Diego Milito helped overturn a miserable first-half showing from the home side.
"It has been really important having this character to recover," added Moratti.