Fernando Alonso's manager Luis Garcia has insisted that the Spaniard won't be forced out of the McLaren-Mercedes team and will only move on to pastures new if he decides to leave himself.

Alonso has been linked to a move away from the team after a season which saw his relationship with boss Ron Dennis deteriorate rapidly after the Spaniard accused the team of favouring British rookie Lewis Hamilton.

The double world champion was also involved in the team being heavily penalised by the FIA following the F1 spying row, with e-mails involving Alonso, test driver Pedro de la Rosa and chief designer Mike Coughlan proving to be key in the team being found guilty by the World Motor Sport Council and thrown out of the constructors' championship.

Despite having a contract in place for 2008, rumours continued to persist that the events of the past season would lead to Alonso seeking a move for next year - with stories in Spain earlier this week suggesting that he could swap seats with Nico Rosberg at Williams and spend a year with the Grove-based team before then moving on to Ferrari for 2009.

However, Garcia denied that such a move was in the pipeline, insisting that Alonso didn't intend to go anywhere.

"If that's what people are saying, then they know more than me," he told The Guardian. "We have a contract next year with McLaren and that's it. Can they sell it? Without our approval, no they cannot."

Garcia added that he had no meetings currently planned with McLaren regarding the future - despite comments from team boss Dennis suggesting that he expected a decision to be taken over Alonso's future in the next few weeks.

"Nothing is urgent," he said. "We are trying to rest a little. I have no special meetings with McLaren scheduled."

 

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