Manchester United have dismissed rumours that suggested striker Radamel Falcao was lying about his age.
According to the Guardian, claims suggest the 28-year-old Colombian international is two years older. But the striker refuted that, stressing the suggestion was "completely ridiculous".
The United striker even publicly released his birth certificate to prove the rumours wrong. The Old Trafford club have now come out and defended the striker, who they have signed on loan from Monaco for this season and have an option of making his stay permanent.
A United source has been quoted as saying Falcao's false age claims were not a problem during the negotiations prior to his signing for the Manchester club.
"We were aware of the rumours at the time and it was never an issue," the spokesman said, as quoted in the Guardian.
Falcao could be in line to make his Premier League debut for United as they take on Queens Park Rangers on Sunday 14 September after he returned to the Colombian national team for their friendly against Brazil.
The striker, who explained his feelings following his brief run out against Brazil, said he felt like it was the first time he was playing for his country and he expects to have the same feeling when he makes his first start for United.
"Because of the injury I felt so nervous, almost like it was my first time with the national team. And I expect it will be the same before I play my first game for Manchester United," Falcao said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
"I'm so happy to be back and I am also happy about being able to join United. Physically, I feel spectacular. I have been able to play without any kind of trouble."