We’ve long felt the links with Lucas Paqueta were well worth a drippy 8 on our in-house tittle-tattle poo-o-meter, but now we can up that to a super runny 10.

In a rare interview, Edu was asked about the links with Lyon’s Brazilian and he has confirmed the chat is, as expected, utter bullshit. Paqueta? More like Poo-queta.

Great stuff. We like being proved right.

“I’m very respectful when I talk about Lucas,” our technical director told TNT Sports Brazil.

“I’m a guy who likes him a lot, I’ve always liked him, since my time with Brazil’s national team. He’s had a great season, he was considered the best player in the French league.

“But today, there really isn’t any kind of talk, there’s only my admiration for the player, because the squad today is, in the position he plays, I think we’re very well served in this regard.”

In theory, that should put an end to this particular nonsense.

Here are some emojis to draw a line under things.