Bath coach Toby Booth has dismissed speculation linking Leicester Tigers fly-half George Ford with a move to The Rec next season.
Ford is rated as one of the brightest prospects in English rugby and was the recipient of the IRB Junior Player of the Year award in 2011. However, the 19-year-old has been forced to play second fiddle to England fly-half Toby Flood at Leicester, leading to speculation he might leave the club.
Booth though has denied the link, citing Ford's father Mike, who works on the Bath coaching staff, as his source.
"His father, Mike [Bath's defensive head coach], should know and he hasn't signed with us, he wants to stay at Leicester. And George is categoric about that. And that is direct from Mike," said Booth to The Daily Telegraph.
"George wants to fight it out with Toby Flood because this was a very important period for him in December and January, because he wanted to go head to head with Flood and try to prove himself at Leicester.
"That's as far as we know, and I think it is well-documented that there are talks with him to try and renew his contract and as far as we know, he'll be a Leicester player. What he does and the decisions around that are purely based on what he does in January-February when Flood is available."