VMware (NYSE: VMW) chief executive Pat Gelsinger, on the job for some six months, is trying to stop speculation he may be in the running to replace retiring Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) chief Paul Otellini, who is scheduled to step aside in two months.

Asked about the soon-to-be-open Intel job Wednesday at a VMware event for institutional investors, Gelsinger told The Wall Street Journal that, aside from the fact that he wanted to talk about the virtualization vendor’s move into cloud services, he’s not interested.

“I’m flattered, of course, to be considered for running such a great company as Intel,” he said. “But I’m happy in my role at VMware and hope to be doing it for many years to come.”

If Gelsinger’s words sound familiar, maybe it’s because lots of top execs already with top jobs whose names get thrown around as successor or replacement possibilities say the same thing. Sometimes it’s true, sometimes it’s merely a non-denial denial. There’s no way to know for sure, until, if or when Gelsinger were to consider an Intel offer. Until such time, his statement is to be taken at face value.

Intel has only had five chief executives in its 45-year history and never has gone outside its ranks to hire for its top slot.

The main reason Gelsinger may feel compelled to field the Intel rumors is his 30-year tenure at the chip maker, during which time he led the company’s largest business unit, the Digital Enterprise Group, and the Desktop Products Group, which handles desktop processors, chipsets and motherboards. In addition, he was the chip maker’s first chief technology officer (CTO), headed Intel Labs and is credited with architecting the original x486 processor.

While at Intel, Gelsinger was widely rumored to be the heir apparent to Otellini and, owing to his three-year tenure at EMC (NYSE: EMC) also was said to be a leading candidate to replace chief Joe Tucci, who is slated to retire in 2015.

There’s some guessing out there that Brian Krzanich, Intel’s chief operating officer, or Stacy Smith, Intel chief financial officer, both are leading candidates to replace Otellini, as suggested by BusinessInsider. Renee James, Intel Software and Services Group executive vice president, is also thought to be under consideration.