Wayne Rooney has rejected claims he removed the name Manchester United from his Twitter homepage, condemning the allegations as "a load of rubbish".
It was confirmed earlier this week that Rooney submitted a transfer request a fortnight ago, which was subsequently rejected by the Old Trafford outfit. On Thursday, it was noted that Rooney no longer had the words Manchester United on his Twitter page, and instead referred to himself as an "athlete".
This was taken as a sign the 27-year-old sees his future away from the Red Devils despite David Moyes' arrival as manager. Yet Rooney is adamant the stories are wrong, releasing a statement on his website, which read: "There's a load of rubbish being written about me changing twitter bio saying I have deleted Manchester United from it."
The statement went on: "I have never deleted Manchester United from the bio whatever the papers are saying because it was never on there.
"All that happened was that I was asked by Nike to add @nikeuk to it - the same as many other sportspeople they sponsor. Funny, no one's written about that though!
"That change was made THREE weeks ago and yet people are talking about it as if it's something that was put up yesterday."
Little wonder Rooney is so annoyed, given the sensitivities he is already facing from United fans in Sunday's Barclays Premier League encounter with Swansea.
A relationship that cooled markedly since his high-profile demand to leave in 2010 can only worsen given news of his latest transfer request.
A spokesman for Nike confirmed: "In April we asked Wayne Rooney and other Nike-sponsored athletes to add @nikeuk on to their profiles due to changes in ASA guidelines relating to athletes and social media."