Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admitted he got trapped into talking about Erling Haaland possibly playing alongside Romelu Lukaku.
Haaland has scored 70 goals in 69 appearances for Borussia Dortmund so far, and Tuchel joked about the possibility of the Blues making an offer for the 21-year-old.
As reported by Goal, Tuchel said: "I fell into a trap. I got an award in Germany, an award from a newspaper. They gave me this award and asked me about a player. Normally I never, never speak about other players, because I simply never do. We were making more or less fun about it and I should have known better.
"Because in making fun about it and being a nice guy to answer a question... getting this award I joke about a double striker with Romelu [Lukaku] in October and it gets like we put an offer in. That was the context, but I should have known better."
Haaland reportedly has a release clause of £64m in his contract, and a number of clubs, including Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, and Bayern Munich have been linked with a move for the talented striker.
Tuchel told Sport Bild: "We talked about Erling Haaland a couple of times, including during the transfer window. But then it seemed absolutely unrealistic and not at all feasible.
"We talk about him regularly, of course, because he's a fantastic player and clearly the defining figure at Dortmund, who is a big rival for us in the Champions League."