Two-time Indian Super League champions ATK have denied claims that they are in an advanced stage of signing 2014 World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany.

Bastian Schweinsteiger ATK

ATK’s denial came after reports in a vernacular daily claimed that the former Bayern Munich star midfielder may be seen in ATK colours in the upcoming season of ISL with new head coach Steve Coppell keen to rope in the German.

“At this point of time, we at ATK have not contacted any player. We have no clue about the development,” an ATK spokesperson said today.

The report claimed Coppell had proposed Schweinsteiger as one of the possible recruits to the team management and the Kolkata franchise is in an advanced discussion with him.

“We are not aware whether Coppell has reached out to him (Schweinsteiger). There’s no truth to this,” he said.

ATK had a disappointing last season, finishing ninth in the 10-team table with 16 points from 18 games. In the season-ending Super Cup, ATK made it to the round-of-16 where they suffered defeat at the hands of FC Goa.