AC Milan have dismissed out of hand the "inadmissible allegations" that Leonardo Bonucci is looking to leave San Siro.
The Italy international defender joined the Rossoneri from Serie A champions Juventus ahead of this season in a sensational EUR40million switch as part of a squad overhaul bankrolled by the club's new Chinese owners.
Despite a number of additions to the playing staff, Milan have struggled again in 2017-18 and after sacking head coach Vincenzo Montella and replacing him with Gennaro Gattuso, sit eighth in the table, a whopping 18 points behind leaders Napoli.
Recent rumours have suggested Bonucci - whose deal runs until 2022 - could be seeking an early exit from his contract, with Manchester City linked as a possible destination, but Milan moved to deny such claims on Thursday.
"But how beautiful the rediscovery of Bonucci! Suddenly...the threat of a sudden abandonment of Milan and the interest of big clubs," read a post on the club's official website reviewing the day's media coverage.
"In a nutshell, these are really inadmissible allegations. The reality is that Leo has already denied [the rumours] informally. Not only that, he will also [do so] formally.
"Because Leonardo Bonucci totally believes in the Milan project and this shows that the pre-Christmas stories are absolutely based on nothing.
"The captain is working hard, like all his team-mates, to redeem himself with the whole of Milan from a very negative position."