Daniele De Rossi has denied even giving an interview to Four Four Two magazine on Manchester and Roma.
“I never gave an interview to the magazine Four Four Two,” he wrote on the official club Twitter feed.
Statements from the interview had been circulated widely in the Italian media on Friday evening, including quotes on being flattered at interest from English clubs Manchester United and Manchester City.
He was quoted as saying he’d be intrigued by an experience in the Premier League, but for now had no intention of leaving Roma.
They were seen as reassuring comments, considering De Rossi’s contract with the Giallorossi expires in June.