The pair fuelled romance rumours when the footballer paid Gemma Atkinson a visit as she rehearsed for Strictly Come Dancing.
Gemma’s Strictly dance partner Aljaz Skorjanec, revealed that the footballer had made a visit to the studio, in a video posted to his Instagram account.
The former Emmerdale actress was also spotted with Ryan Giggs on a romantic night out, alongside dance partner Aljaz recently.
And now, Manchester United star Ryan has opened up on the persistent reports that they pair are romantically involved, as he appeared on Gemma’s Key 103 breakfast show with her her co-hosts Mike Toolan and Matt Haslam.
When Ryan was asked what he thought about the persistent rumours linking him to Gemma, Ryan jokingly denied they were involved.
Ryan said: “Me and Gemma have been friends for a long time,” before saying: “And you know, as if!”
The former Emmerdale actress was engaged to martial arts star Liam Richards before their split in 2013 – the pair were together for four years [Getty]
As the studio burst into laughter, Gemma retorted: “Oh cheers!”
Gemma added of the rumours: “Anyone I hang about with of the opposite sex people say I’m going out with.
“Whenever we all go out together as friends people say we’re in a relationship.”
She previously told OK! magazine exclusively: “I’m always linked to Ryan! I’ve been mates with Ryan since I was 19 or 20. We’ve got the same group of friends that’s all.”
Gemma recently opened up about her speculated romance with Strictly’s Gorka Marquez also – but wouldn’t confirm or deny if there was something between the two.