Stefano Domenicali has refused to deny persistent speculation that Fernando Alonso's future is with the Ferrari team.

Italian Domenicali, 44, is the team boss of the Maranello outfit, which according to strong paddock rumours has already reached some sort of agreement to unite a red car with the double world champion in 2010 or 2011.

At a sponsor event with 2010 Ferrari backer Santander's chief Emilio Botin earlier this week, 27-year-old Alonso spoke glowingly about the prestige of driving for the famous Scuderia in F1.

And he added: "I like winning and having the best car, and Ferrari has proved that it always has one of the best."

On the way to Monaco this week, a reporter for the Spanish newspaper AS spotted and chatted with Domenicali on a flight from Madrid to Nice.

Domenicali was asked what he thought of Alonso's comments about Ferrari, and answered: "Me piace, me piace (I like, I like)."

"He is a driver 'bravissimo'," he added. And as for whether Alonso is destined to move to Ferrari, Domenicali said wryly: "We will see, we will see."