Paris Saint-Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti has rubbished suggestions he was offered the Manchester United job, prior to the appointment of David Moyes.
In an interview with French publication L'Equipe, the 53-year-old Italian called speculation linking him with the Old Trafford hot-seat "a joke", insisting that he hadn't held talks with Sir Alex Ferguson.
"Ferguson has offered me a job in Manchester? That's a joke," said Ancelotti. "I can't understand these rumours.
"I can't understand why anyone would think that Ferguson would actually call me personally to talk about taking over at Manchester United."
Ancelotti revealed that he did recently meet Ferguson, but that was regarding discussions about a UEFA Elite Coaches' Forum, not anything to do with the 71-year-old Scot's impending retirement.
"I did speak with Ferguson but it was to organise a coaches' meeting to be held on 24th May, before the final of the Champions League," he added.
"It's about the UEFA Elite Coaches' Forum, which takes place once a year in Geneva."
Ancelotti is also thought to be on Real Madrid's shortlist of potential successors for Jose Mourinho, with the Portuguese tactician set to quit the Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.
A move to the Spanish capital is something that the former Chelsea and AC Milan boss would be much more open to, after admitting that he had a 50-50 chance of staying on at Parc des Princes in 2013/14.