Badou Ndiaye’s hotly-tipped move back to Galatasaray has been firmly denied in an official statement by his old club.
The Turkish press have been strongly plugging Ndiaye for a return to Galatasaray, who he left to join Stoke City in 2018 and returned later that year on loan to help retain the Turkish title and win the cup.
Ndiaye spent the second half of last season on loan at Trabzonspor had been heavily linked with a move to Besiktas before stories have escalated over the last few days that he could be heading back to his former haunt.
Galatasaray, in a rare move, have made an announcement to completely contradict that story.
The club said in a statement: “Recently, an explanation has arisen over the false transfer allegations raised by some media outlets.
“In this context, the news that Badou Ndiaye, who served Galatasaray for a period, will be transferred is completely unreal.
“In addition, the issue of transferring some players who have left the rival team has never been on the agenda of our board of directors.”
Ndiaye is one of four senior Stoke players who spent last season out on loan who are looking for a new club. Moritz Bauer has returned from Celtic, Kevin Wimmer from Royal Excel Mouscron and Peter Etebo from Getafe.
The 29-year-old Senegal international is under contract at Stoke until 2022.