Sampdoria insist they will not be selling star striker Antonio Cassano to Manchester City in January.
Reports had suggested that the Italy international would be heading to England in the New Year, with Eastlands seemingly his most likely destination.
The 26-year-old turned down a move to City in the summer of 2007, opting to join Sampdoria after ending an ill-fated spell in Spain with Real Madrid.
However, since then the Blues have been taken over by the Abu Dhabi United Group, with the new regime keen to install City as a dominant force in world football.
It would appear, though, that even their multitude of riches will not be enough to tempt Cassano away from his homeland.
"Regarding the interest of Manchester City for Cassano I must say that Antonio will not leave Genoa in January," said Sampdoria administrator Beppe Marotta.
"Since he arrived at Sampdoria, Antonio has delighted us with his fantastic play and it's normal that this will attract interest from great clubs in Europe, including Manchester City.
"But I wouldn't talk about an open negotiation, there are other clubs that want Antonio."
Cassano's agent, Giuseppe Bozzo, has also been quick to play down reports linking his client with a switch to the Premier League.
"I have not heard from anyone at Manchester City about Antonio," Bozzo told skysports.com.
"At this moment I have not spoken to any club and at the moment there is no transfer to another club.
"Antonio is very, very happy at Sampdoria and he is only thinking of them.
"In the future you never know what will happen as it is impossible to predict the future.
"If Antonio would go to England he would like to play at a big club."