Former Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara has rubbished suggestions he turned down a move to Manchester United in favour of signing for Bayern Munich, saying that he was never approached by the reigning Premier League champions.
Sky Sports reports how the 23-year-old Spaniard's father - and agent - Mazinho, recently went on record to state that his son had been "very close" to moving to Old Trafford.
However, Thiago - who has since been reacquainted with his old manager Pep Guardiola at the Allianz Arena - has contradicted his father's claims, insisting that Manchester United made no contact with him whatsoever about a possible transfer.
"The truth is that in no moment did [Manchester] United come to us and talk to us," he said. "It came from the press, it was always a lie."
New Red Devils boss David Moyes has been linked with a number of midfield additions this summer, as he looks to strengthen that area of his Manchester United squad ahead of the 2013/14 campaign.
He confirmed that two bids have been lodged for Thiago's ex-Camp Nou team-mate Cesc Fabregas, but as it stands Barcelona appear reluctant to let the Spain international leave, in the aftermath of Alcantara's sale to Bayern Munich.
Thiago was able to leave the Catalan club for a cut-price fee, following a lack of first-team opportunities last season, which activated a release clause in the player's contract.
"It's unfair to say I wasn't patient," he added. "The club knew my situation. I waited for them, especially before the European Championship, but they never contacted me. I didn't feel valued.
"I wanted to compete. The club knew that I wanted to leave and they didn't do much to change that.
"Everyone looks out for their interests, I wanted to feel valued and I wanted to compete so I decided to leave the club and join Bayern."