Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has claimed the club were never in the running for Steven Pienaar.
South Africa midfielder Pienaar left Everton to join Tottenham this week despite reports that the Merseyside club had agreed a fee with Chelsea.
On the player's decision to move to White Hart Lane, Ancelotti said: "You have to ask Pienaar, not me. I didn't speak with him. I never met Steven Pienaar in my life."
Speaking to Chelsea's official website, the Italian added: "I didn't search Steven Pienaar to come here to play for Chelsea. We don't need a midfielder, we don't need to have these kind of players."