After moving to quash speculation linking the club with a bid for Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus earlier this week, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has now been forced to dismiss more rumours that Lionel Messi could soon be heading for Stamford Bridge.
The Barcelona superstar sparked the rumour mill into overdrive last week when he suggested during an interview with Argentine newspaper Ole that he could leave the Nou Camp in the future.
"Football takes many turns,” he said. “While I always said that I would always stay there, sometimes not everything happens the way you want.”
That prompted immediate speculation of a potential blockbuster switch to the Premier League leaders, with fees of more than £200 million being bandied about across various news outlets.
But Mourinho, who came up against Messi several times during his three seasons as Real Madrid boss from 2010 to 2013, is adamant that there is no truth whatsoever to such stories.
“My reaction is that the media world changed so much that the football world also changed so much,” he said on Sky Sports News HQ.
"And I think, in this moment, it's so easy, so easy to have non-truths circulating.
"It's so easy that some people put news without confirming or speak about rumours. Obviously [Messi going to Chelsea] is not true. Obviously it's not true."