Manchester United striker Robin van Persie's attempts to manufacture a move away from Old Trafford have suffered a blow after Serie A club Lazio claimed the Holland international is out of their "parameters".
The 31-year-old is approaching the final 12 months of his contract with the 20-time English champions and endured a frustrating campaign last season which was dominated by injury, as he scored just 10 goals in all competitions for United.
Van Persie had admitted there is a "negative side" to life under Louis van Gaal at United and has hinted at being open to a move to Champions League finalists Juventus however he continues to be linked with a move to Lazio.
The ex-Feyenoord and Arsenal forward was spotted in Rome last week amid suggestions he was meeting Lazio officials over a move to the Italian capital, but the club have denied they are interested in the United player.
"I can only say that I respect Van Persie as a striker, but unfortunately he is outside of our parameters," Igil Tare told Lazio Style Radio. "There was never any meeting."
Club president Claudio Lotito laughed off links with Van Persie over the weekend, however the player's future appears unlikely to remain at United.
Speaking on his role at United, for whom he made 25 appearances last season, Van Persie told the Sunday Mirror: "It is my ambition to play as many games as possible. I'm fitter than ever and I know the more games I play, the more it will help me prepare for the European Championships.
"You want to arrive at tournaments with match time, not as a bench sitter.
"I know that when you are at a club like Manchester United – it is like a beast. It is so big and strong it can do wonderful things for you, but it also has a negative side and that is what I have got to decide on this summer."