West Bromwich Albion midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu has denied that he said Arsenal have made an approach for his services ahead of the January transfer window.
Mulumbu, 26, was quoted by France Football magazine as saying he could leave his current side, while also stating his West Brom teammates are "not professional enough."
But the Congo international, who signed a new contract at The Hawthorns in July, has insisted he was misquoted, and he has been given the backing of the Baggies' head coach Steve Clarke.
A statement released by the player and published in The Times read: “I did an interview with a French journalist but I’m not happy about how my answers have been reported.
“I would never refer to my teammates that way. I just spoke about the fact we need to get better at controlling games after the point we’ve let slip recently.
“The general point I was trying to make is I want to play at the highest level possible.
“I admitted there has been interest in me from other clubs but I didn’t speak about Arsenal or say I would be looking to move in January.”
Clarke said: "I’ve read the translation of the transcript and there’s a lot in it which is quite ambiguous and can be interpreted in different ways.
“Obviously some people will interpret it the way they want. The club are on it now and I think Youssouf has one or two things he wants to say about it himself.
“Of course I’ve spoken to my player and the club has also spoken to the player -- we’re happy with the explanation we got."