Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini insists he has had no contact with Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney.
The 24-year-old former Everton star has been linked with a January transfer window move to Eastlands after it was revealed on Tuesday that he was keen to leave Old Trafford.
Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that Rooney did not want to sign a new contract, but when asked if there had been contact between City and the player, Mancini said:"No. Never.
"Rooney is a great player but I think he'll stay at United. He's a good player, he's an important player for United.
"He is a United player. It's not correct to speak about that situation. I have respect for him, for Ferguson, for United. I want to speak only about my players.
"It's not my problem. I'm City manager. I have a lot of problems with my players. It's important for me to focus on Thursday's game.
"He is a strong player like (Fernando) Torres, like (Lionel) Messi, like Carlos Tevez, like (Mario) Balotelli. This is my opinion."