Former Watford manager Walter Mazzarri is the latest name to be linked with AC Milan's top coaching job, but his agent has dismissed the rumours as 'fantasy.'
As reported by Tuttomercatoweb via FourFourTwo, the 56-year-old, who has been out of work since leaving the Vicarage Road club in the summer, is among a number of famous names currently being linked - including former Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti and Chelsea manager Antonio Conte - who are all deemed potential successors to under-fire boss Vincenzo Montella.
Montella's position is under continued scrutiny after the Rossoneri's inconsistent start to the new season, especially with heavy investment in the squad over the summer and failure to reap satisfactory dividends on the pitch.
The Italian giants are languishing in a lowly 7th position in Serie A, nine points off Champions League qualification and 13 points behind current league leaders Napoli after only 12 games.
However Andrea D'Amico, a representative of Mazzarri, insists no contact has been made with his client and the San Siro club stating: "All the journalists' rumours that have come out so far are wide of the mark, at times [they are] fantasy.
"There is nothing concrete, there is no news. I understand the public opinion and that there are journalists who want to anticipate [a potential appointment]."
Mazzarri has previously coached at Sampdoria and showed his pedigree at Napoli where they won the Coppa Italia in 2012 and then finished runners up in the league in 2013.
Endearing him to the Milan fans could prove difficult after his managerial spell at city rivals Inter, where passions run extremely deep.
After being in charge there for just over a season, Mazzarri was sacked in November 2014 after a series of disappointing results leaving the Nerazzurri 9th in Serie A, five points off their season objective of third.