Ferrari team principal Fred Vasseur has claimed that every Formula 1 team would want to sign Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton’s future at Mercedes has been hotly-debated over the last week following reports that Ferrari were considering a £40million offer to tempt the seven-time world champion away from the Silver Arrows.

However, Vasseur has now flat-out denied that any such offer was made after the Ferrari boss blamed the links with Hamilton on the usual rumour mill that occurs every year within the sport.

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"As a joke I could say that two weeks ago you were sending [Carlos] Sainz to Audi, one week ago you sent [Charles] Leclerc to Mercedes - now I am alone," Vasseur told Sky Sports.

"You know perfectly that at this stage of the season each week you will have a different story and we are not sending an offer to Lewis Hamilton, we didn't do it.

"We didn't have discussions. I think every single team on the grid would like to have Hamilton at one stage, it would be b******t to not say something like this.

"If I discuss with Hamilton, the last 20 years I discussed almost every single weekend with Hamilton, I don't want to have to stop to discuss with him because you are chasing me."

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