Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has ruled out trying to sign Wesley Sneijder from Inter Milan.
Manchester United have been linked with the Dutch playmaker for most of the summer but attempts to sign Sneijder have floundered because the overall financial package is just too great. Over the past 24 hours a number of rumours have surfaced suggesting City may swoop for Sneijder themselves.
However, immediately after his side's 3-2 Community Shield defeat to United at Wembley, Mancini rejected claims he was about to raid his former club. He said: "No. It is not true. He is an Inter Milan player. We never spoke about him."
It means Old Trafford is the only likely destination for the 27-year-old, whose future is set to be decided next week according to Inter coach Gian Piero Gasperini after the 2-1 Super Cup defeat to AC Milan in Beijing.
"As for the rumour of Sneijder leaving, we will talk about it next week," said the 53-year-old.
Meanwhile, Mancini has confirmed he expects Carlos Tevez to begin training on Monday after a three-week break following Argentina's exit from the Copa America, with sources close to the player stating he is in Manchester.
"Yes. I expect Carlos to be back Monday," said the City chief.