Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has become the latest under-fire leader to call news outlets out for 'fake news', claiming that reports linking Hector Bellerin and assistant Boro Primorac are well wide of the mark.
Bellerin, 21, has been linked with a move back to Barcelona as the Catalans aim to secure a long-term right-back replacement for Dani Alves.
Primorac, meanwhile, has worked alongside Wenger since 1994 but Turkish side Konyaspor are keen to make the 62-year-old their new permanent manager.
However, Wenger reacted angrily to speculation by labelling it as 'fake news'.
“That’s a complete invention. You say anything these days and everybody takes it without checking any information." The Telegraph quote him as saying. “Everybody just takes and takes it and makes it a a subject. It’s not serious. Fake news.”
On the topic of Hector Bellerin's Arsenal future, Wenger hastily replied: “No. He just extended his contract . It’s an unbelievable amount of years to go. I believe again it’s very difficult to take these things seriously.”
Transfer talk aside, Wenger is looking forward to this weekend's trip to high-flyers West Brom, and with two games in hand on fourth-placed Liverpool, all three points are absolutely crucial for the Gunners.
Wenger on Primorac rumours: "That's a complete invention. Fake news"— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) March 16, 2017
“For us it’s vital, of course,” Wenger said. “It’s a strange championship this season because there’s no continuity at the moment.
“So, you don’t really know where you stand. You have not the same number of games, you have not the continuity home and away.
"What is for sure is that we are in a position where we can’t waste points.
“You can never afford to lose anyway. It’s true that it is a tough game because West Brom is traditionally always a very difficult game, but as well it’s an opportunity for us to come back to the position that is much closer to Chelsea."