Sampdoria insist they will not be selling Antonio Cassano to Manchester City in January.
Reports had suggested that the Italy international was destined for a January move to Eastlands, but Sampdoria administrator Beppe Marotta has dismissed the speculation.
“Regarding the interest of Manchester City for Cassano I must say that Antonio will not leave Genoa in January,” said Sampdoria administrator Beppe Marotta.
“Since he arrived at Sampdoria, Antonio has delighted us with his fantastic play and it’s normal that this will attract interest from great clubs in Europe, including Manchester City.
“But I wouldn’t talk about an open negotiation, there are other clubs that want Antonio.”
Cassano’s agent, Giuseppe Bozzo, has also been quick to play down reports linking the player with a move to the Premier League.
“I have not heard from anyone at Manchester City about Antonio,” Bozzo told skysports.com.
“At this moment I have not spoken to any club and at the moment there is no transfer to another club.
“Antonio is very, very happy at Sampdoria and he is only thinking of them.
“In the future you never know what will happen as it is impossible to predict the future.
“If Antonio would go to England he would like to play at a big club.”