Fulham boss Chris Coleman tonight rubbished claims he is no longer on speaking terms with star striker Louis Saha – and insisted the Frenchman gave his best performance of the season during the 2-1 victory over Everton.

Saha tucked home a penalty two minutes before the interval to help the Cottagers halt their slide down the Premiership table.

His effort was made all the more remarkable given that his relationship with Fulham has been soured by a refusal by the club to grant him a dream move to Old Trafford.

Coleman is adamant he will not sell his prized asset at any cost during the January transfer window and admitted his stance has not been welcomed by Saha, but dismissed suggestions of a huge rift with the player.

“I understand that he’s going to be a bit stand-offish with me but to say that we no longer talk is total nonsense,” he said. “If I was in his shoes then perhaps I would react in the same way, but as manager I have to be selfish and do what’s best for the club.”