McLaren have denied claims a power struggle may be heading to the team as former team boss - now non-executive chairman - Ron Dennis looks to return.

Following the team's worst performance in three decades, which saw the Woking based team fail to score a single podium, there had been quiet speculation as to how safe current boss Martin Whitmarsh's position is.

The rumours suggest Dennis, who gave up the team boss role to Whitmarsh after 2008, is unhappy with how the F1 outfit is being run and is considering buying his way back in after assuming his current role with the parent group.

Sky's business reporter, Mark Kleinman claims Dennis is looking to buy the 25% stake in McLaren currently owned by Bahraini Mansour Ojjeh.

"Mr Dennis is said to be distressed at the current performance of the (team)," Kleinman wrote, adding that a power struggle with Whitmarsh might ensue.

The long-time former boss could be looking at investment from China, after Dennis visited the world's second biggest economy as part of a government delegation this week.

"No country is more important to my global vision for McLaren than China," Dennis said in a statement.

A spokesman for the McLaren team played down the talk claiming Ojjeh, who recently underwent a double lung transplant, has not "expressed an desire to sell" his current stake.

"It's business as usual," the spokesperson is quoted by the Telegraph.

McLaren are currently undergoing several changes as the new V6 era arrives including the most anticipated tie-up with Honda coming in 2015.

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