Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti has rejected reports that the club are considering a move for Everton right-back Seamus Coleman.
Bizarrely, the rumour mill threw up a suggestion that Coleman could replace seven-time Bundesliga champion Philipp Lahm at the end of the season.
The German World Cup winner will retire when the campaign comes to a close, so speculation has begun on who could come into the fold to take the 33-year-old’s place.
Coleman, who has been at Everton for eight years, was touted as a potential target, but laughter broke out in the press room when Ancelotti was asked by a reporter if the Irishman was an option.
Ancelotti’s response was a simple, “No.”
Well, perhaps it is not possible to feel hugely relieved when the rumour was very unlikely in the first place, but Everton fans will no doubt be happy with Ancelotti’s response.
The 28-year-old has been a long servant for the Toffees since his January 2009 switch from Sligo Rovers and is a reliable man to have in the field.
This season he has started 24 of Everton’s 27 Premier League games, helping the team recover from a bad spell and embarking on a nine-game unbeaten run, which was ended by Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.
Coleman has also scored four goals in the top flight and produced three assists.