Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks says he has no intention of selling his 50% stake in the club.
Hicks was speaking in response to speculation that Dubai International Capital (DIC), the investment arm of the Dubai government, had submitted a fresh offer to buy the club.
“I’ve not received any offer to purchase the club from DIC or anyone else, much less accepted any such offer,” said Hicks.
“Nor do I have any intention of doing so,” added the American.
Hicks and Gillett are currently looking to refinance the club’s debt. The Americans are trying to arrange a £350m loan that would enable them to repay money borrowed for their takeover in March 2007.
They would also then be able to repay loans used to sign players and start work on a new stadium in Stanley Park.
However, DIC have been alerted to the possibility that Hicks and Gillett may instead prefer to sell the club rather than refinance. It is believed DIC were informed that the pair would sell provided they made a significant profit on their investment. DIC’s mooted the figure of £300m but Hicks and Gillett were looking for a figure in the region of £350m.
Reports in Liverpool on Sunday suggested that the club had already been sold to DIC.
“Whoever is behind this false report, the facts are that I and my family have always been, and remain, fully committed to co-owning the club,” said Hicks.
“No-one in my family has ever indicated any intention or desire to sell our stake in the club.
“We expect and intend to be co-owners of the club, and to actively and enthusiastically support the club’s manager, players and fans for many years to come.”
However, with DIC expected to return with a fresh offer the uncertainty at Anfield looks set to continue.