Inter Milan owner Massimo Moratti insists letting midfield ace Wesley Sneijder leave the club this month is not an option.
Dutch midfielder Sneijder has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, with the 27-year-old thought to be a long-term target of both Manchester clubs.
The Netherlands international insisted earlier on Monday he had no intention of leaving Inter to cool the ongoing speculation surrounding his future.
Moratti has moved to further play down the transfer talk by saying Inter have not considered allowing Sneijder to move on.
He said: "We never thought of letting him leave. He is a champion for us."
The owner also gave assurances over the future of Diego Milito, who has recently discovered some form after an injury-plagued 2010-11 campaign.
The striker's former club Genoa and big-spending French giants Paris St Germain are believed to be chasing his signature but Moratti insists he has a key role to play at Inter.
He said: "It wasn't easy to recover but he's a champion and scores many beautiful goals. We hope he continues like that."