And as for the rumoured 'war' with Gemma, that is laughable.

He said: "Me and Gemma have been friends for a long time." He then joked: "And you know, as if!

" Gemma added: "Anyone I hang about with of the opposite sex people say I’m going out with.

The Strictly Come Dancing star, 33, and Ryan, 43, they have been spotted spending a lot of time together recently, but they say they have been friends for years.

They were seen heading off to a meal together this week, with former Manchester United ace Ryan giving Gemma a cuddle and a peck on the cheek as they said hello.

She recently insisted that she 'has no time for a boyfriend'.

But Gemma Atkinson, 32, has reportedly struck up a romance with Gorka Marquez, 27, after meeting on Strictly Come Dancing.The meeting comes just weeks after the pair spoke out about their close friendship, insisting they are just pals.Ryan and Gemma appeared together on the Key 103 breakfast show back in November, and the Welsh sportsman was quick to shoot down the speculation.She is one of the sexiest English glamour models together with Lucy Pinder, Keeley Hazell, and Kelly Brook.'s Gemma Atkinson and Alexandra Burke's professional dance partner, Gorka Marquez, have been rife since the show started, but the blonde soap star has insisted they are just good friends – for the time being."Whenever we all go out together as friends people say we’re in a relationship." Gemma has also been romantically linked to Alexandra Burke's Strictly Come Dancing partner Gorka Márquez.