Chelsea assistant manager Henk Ten Cate has angrily denied that he has contacted Barcelona's Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho about making a big-money move to Stamford Bridge.
Ten Cate knows Ronaldinho well from his three-year stint with Barca, but insists that he has had no contact with the South American since moving to England.
The Dutchman told El Mundo Deportivo: "A newspaper has written that I have spoken with Ronaldinho to bring him to Chelsea. This is a big lie. It is false, totally false.
"It is a lie and what's worse is that the journalist sent me a message saying that they were going to publish the story and I told them it was not true, that it was a lie.
"They only did it to hurt Ronaldinho and I know what I am talking about because I have experienced the same situation during my time at Barcelona.
"I don't understand this lack of respect for a player who has changed the history of the club. It seems that everybody has forgotten what this guy has achieved.
"The truth is that I have not spoken to Ronaldinho for a year. He wished me luck at Chelsea through my daughter, who lives in Barcelona.
"The reports create problems for me at Chelsea because nobody at the club has asked about Ronnie, apart from comments over coffee when my companions say things like 'how great is this player, how can he do such spectacular things?'.
"If it was true, I would applaud the journalist for finding it out, but it's a lie."