Russian club Anzhi have dismissed suggestions that Samuel Eto'o could rejoin Inter on a short-term loan.
Reports in Italy on Thursday were claiming that the Cameroon international had offered his services to his former club for the first two months of 2012.
However, after handing the Italian outfit almost €30m for the player in the summer, the striker's present side are keeping a tight grip on him.
"It's impossible to imagine such a scenario, not even in your worst nightmare," responded Anzhi technical director German Chistiakov.
"At the time being suggested, Eto'o will be preparing for the season with Anzhi and he'll do so with all of his professionalism."
The Russian League isn't in operation in January and February, while Eto'o won't be at the African Cup of Nations either as Cameroon failed to qualify.
Meanwhile, Zenit St Petersburg boss Luciano Spalletti has also ridiculed the rumour which has made the front pages today.
"This story is just journalistic invention," the Italian tactician noted. "It would be difficult for such a move to be done, I don't think it could be done.
"It would also be an admission of an error by Inter. Signing Eto'o would mean that the club don't have faith in their current players."
Inter have had a tough start to the season after picking up just four points from five games. They've also made a coaching change after Claudio Ranieri replaced Gian Piero Gasperini.
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