Manchester City claim they have done nothing wrong in the Jeremy Helan transfer dispute.
The Blues signed the 17-year-old earlier this year from French outfit Rennes, but his former employers claim the Premier League club breached transfer regulations in order to sign the teenager.
They have since reported the matter to Fifa, who are set to investigate Rennes’s claims.
City, though, insist they have acted within the laws of the game.
“Manchester City is aware of the ongoing contractual dispute in the French Labour Courts between Jeremy Helan and Stade Rennais,” read a statement on the club’s official website.
“The dispute between the player and the club pre-dates any interest from Manchester City.
“Manchester City obviously cannot comment on the case until the French Judicial Process has run its course, however, we are comfortable that we have acted within the rules throughout the process and in no way induced any breach of contract by Jeremy Helan.”