Hayden Panettiere, Mark Sanchez deny having romantic relationship

New York, June 4: Actress Hayden Panettiere and New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez have denied that they are in a relationship.

Panettiere, 21, and Sanchez, 24, have insisted that a recent sighting that sparked romance rumours was nothing more than two pals grabbing a bite to eat.

"I swear I'm not dating him at all. Honestly. I'm a huge Jets fan and became very good friends with him and his buddies," the New York Daily News quoted Panettiere as telling Us Weekly.

"There's genuinely, absolutely nothing going on. I've always been that girl who has a lot of dude friends.

"I'm into sports, so we have a lot in common, but no, definitely 100 percent not dating," she stated.

The 'Scream 4' star, who split from boxer Wladimir Klitschko in mid-May after more than a year of dating, rejected the theory that she's just trying to keep her new relationship under wraps.

"It's too much energy most of the time to keep it hidden. So when I say we're just friends, I mean it!" she said.

"Time will tell if I'm lying, but I'm 100 percent not! He's a great dude and he's a great football player, and he's a Jet player, which I love," she added.

Sanchez too denied any romantic involvement during a brief on-camera exchange with TMZ.com.

"No, I am not dating Hayden. I promise," he said.

"You guys will figure it out soon enough. But I promise you, I promise you, it's not me. I do know her. She's a really nice girl. She's a sweetheart," he added.

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