Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini said Wayne Rooney was "not his problem" when asked on Wednesday if the world`s richest club were trying to sign the England striker from rivals Manchester United.
City`s spending power has made them favourites in the British media to sign the 24-year-old who United manager Alex Ferguson said on Tuesday wanted to quit Old Trafford.
However, Mancini played down the speculation as he prepared for Thursday`s Europa League match at home to Lech Poznan.
"There has been no contact. He`s a great player but it`s not my problem," Mancini told a news conference. "I`m concentrating on Thursday’s match."
Mancini said Rooney could still remain at Old Trafford.
"He is an important player for United and I think he will stay," added Mancini. "I have respect for him, for Ferguson, for United. I want to speak only about my players."