Henk Ten Cate has dismissed speculation that he is trying to bring Barcelona playmaker Ronaldinho to Chelsea.
Reports have claimed that the Premier League club are planning big-money bid to entice the Brazilian to Stamford Bridge in January.
But Blues assistant boss Ten Cate, who was formerly No.2 to Frank Rijkaard at Barcelona, has described the reports as false.
“One newspaper wrote that I talked to Ronaldinho to bring him to Chelsea and this is a big lie, it is false, totally false,” Ten Cate told El Mundo Deportivo.
“I want to call a press conference so that everybody knows it. It is a lie and the worst thing is that the journalist sent me a message saying what they published, and I told him that was not true, that it was a lie.
“They do this just to hurt Ronaldinho and I know what I am talking about with the situation because I lived in Barcelona for three years.
“I do not understand this lack of respect for a player who has changed the history of the club, it seems that everyone has forgotten what this guy has achieved.
“The people of Barcelona have to know that I respect the club very much and I would never do something like that, trying to remove its best player.
“It also creates problems at Chelsea, because nobody at the club asked about Ronnie apart from when you have a coffee and colleagues say ‘How great is that player, how can he do these spectacular things?’
“So it creates problems because what comes out in Spain rebounds to England and it goes on and on.”
And when asked whether Chelsea do have any plans to try to sign Ronaldinho, Ten Cate replied: “I do not know, I have no clue. Nobody has told me anything.
“We are working with the group to achieve the highest goals, that’s my job, I have enough on with my work.”