Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has dismissed speculation he could succeed David Moyes as Manchester United manager, insisting he has not had contact with the Premier League club.
The Italian tactician was speaking to the media in Germany ahead of Tuesday's Champions League semi-final second leg clash against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
Ancelotti reaffirmed his commitment to the Spanish giants, saying that he wants to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu for a long time.
"I haven't had contact with Manchester United," he was quoted saying by The Times chief football correspondent Oliver Kay on Twitter. " I want to stay at Real Madrid for a long time"
The 54-year-old former Chelsea boss had been touted by some for the Old Trafford hot-seat, a position that Red Devils veteran Ryan Giggs currently occupies on an interim basis until the end of the 2013/14 campaign.
It's not clear whether Giggs is being considered for the full-time job, though, with reports in Holland over the weekend suggesting that Louis Van Gaal is on the verge of agreeing a contract with Manchester United.
According to the Daily Mirror, Van Gaal held talks with chief executive Ed Woodward at his holiday home in the Portuguese Algarve last week, and could be appointed on a three-year deal with an announcement expected in the coming days.
Of course, the Dutchman must first navigate his way through the Netherlands' World Cup campaign in Brazil this summer, taking the reins at Manchester United in time for the start of pre-season.
Ancelotti's denial of any talks with Old Trafford officials looks to clear the path for Van Gaal, with Giggs more likely to take up a role as part of his backroom team.