Rennes winger Paul-Georges Ntep has distanced himself from recent speculation suggesting he wants to move to Liverpool after labelling reports he visited Merseyside last week as "completely false".
The France U21 international has been heavily linked with a prospective switch to Anfield this summer following rumours that Reds boss Brendan Rodgers wants to bring the Ligue 1 star to the Premier League.
French newspaper L'Equipe published an article that intimated Ntep had been taken aback by the facilities at Liverpool's Melwood training base and was keen to seal a transfer in the forthcoming window.
However, the 22-year-old swiftly denied those allegations after stating that they have no substance whatsoever, and responded by reiterating his commitment to Philippe Montanier's side.
"I did not go to Liverpool last week, that's completely false," he was quoted saying by Goal.com in an interview with J+1.
"I have a contract until 2017. Stade Rennais gave me my first professional contract and, for now, I am very well here."
With just over two years still to run on his existing deal at Stade de la Route de Lorient, Liverpool would be required to pay a significant transfer fee to convince the French club to cash-in on one of their star players.
Ntep has contributed nine goals and five assists in 33 league appearances so far this season, and remains an integral part of first-team plans at Rennes moving forward.
The news will come as a bitter blow to Liverpool supporters still smarting from the club's failure to land PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay after it was confirmed last week that the Eredivisie outfit had reached agreement with Manchester United over a £25 million summer transfer.
Rodgers denied that he'd ever been interested in acquiring the fleet-footed forward's signature, but PSV technical director Marcel Brands revealed in an interview this week that he had in fact held talks with Reds chief executive Ian Ayre about a potential deal.
The whole situation makes the Northern Irishman look pretty stupid, whilst leaving Liverpool fans even more frustrated after learning about another high-profile target the club failed to get over the line as a result of rival interest from another domestic suitor.
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