The English football club Manchester City will not sell want-away striker Carlos Tevez in January.
The 26-year-old Argentinian says he wants to leave because his relations with "certain executives" at the Eastlands club have "broken down beyond repair".
But a senior club official described this as "ludicrous and nonsensical".
If Tevez refuses to play or retires, the club will seek compensation for breach of contract from his agent and former 'owner' Kia Joorabchian.
The deal, which has three-and-a-half years to run, is estimated to amount to tens of millions of pounds.
City made the decision not to sell Tevez after talks with club owner Sheikh Mansour.
The club have already rejected a written transfer request from Tevez, who has reportedly cited family reasons as the motive behind his decision to leave.