Jose Mourinho looks increasingly likely to remain at Stamford Bridge after Bayern Munich became the latest club to deny an interest in the Portuguese coach.
Mourinho insists he will be staying at Chelsea, seeing out a contract which expires in three years time.
But persistent speculation has once again put the spotlight on the Chelsea coach's future intentions, with some even touting a possible move in the summer.
Bayern were the latest club to be mentioned when Felix Magath's successor, Ottmar Hitzfeld, claimed he would only manage the German giants until the end of the season.
That sparked suggestions Mourinho could be the man to lead the Munich club back to glory but Bayern's managing director, Uli Hoeness, furiously denied that talks had already begun with Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes.
Hoeness said: 'I neither called Mourinho nor his adviser or contacted them in any way.
'If the adviser claims that I did, then he is lying. All these speculations are simply not true.'
The Bundesliga champions axed Magath last week, before installing Hitzfeld but their poor season continued with defeat to Nurnberg and they are now 11 points behind leaders Schalke.