Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has hit out at the media over reports of a mutiny at Eastlands.
With the club having struggled to live up to expected standards at times this season and questions raised over Roberto Mancini's tactics, reports have appeared in the national press suggesting a number of City players are unhappy with the manager.
It is not the first time such a notion has been raised - there were claims early in the 2010-11 season that the players were determined to see Mancini removed - but Kompany insists there is no basis to the reports whatsoever.
"It's funny," he told the club's official website. "I don't like to get involved in this, but sometimes I do question the integrity of a journalist who would write this. Based on what information does the guy come out with this?
"I never have a problem with performances being tagged down or up. People have the right to have opinions about that, but the stories are based on things that I can't even relate to, and I am in this team.
"I can only say I would put in doubt the integrity of any journalist who comes out with this. As much as I set out in my career to be the best footballer, I would expect journalists to want to tell the truth, and do the job for that reason."
Kompany accepts that the 1-0 victory over Swansea on Saturday was not the most convincing performance, but he is confident the team will "kick on from here".
He added: "Last season, everybody said we had a great season, but we had moments like we had on Saturday. I would even say we didn't pick up many points in those moments.
"It's part of the game, and I accept that part of the game - I just wonder where the integrity of some journalists stand when they come out with stories with no foundation whatsoever."