Arsenal and Liverpool target Per Mertesacker has once again ruled out a move away from Werder Bremen this season, preferring to help his club out of their ‘difficult moment’.
Werder are currently lying well down in 14th place in the Bundesliga and have already been knocked out of the Champions League and DFB-Pokal but their star defender will not turn his back on them.
Mertesacker has been linked with a £10 million switch to the Barclays Premier League recently, most likely with either Arsenal or Liverpool, and it was thought he would move away in January.
The duo, though, have also been linked with other players, such as Ryan Shawcross and Chris Samba in Liverpool’s case, and now they will have to explore other options.
"We are in a difficult moment with Werder and we should not be talking about me at this time," he told the Kreiszeitung newspaper.
"I am needed here for our day-to-day work and it is my duty to concentrate on that. I cannot deal with anything else.
"Like I say, most of it does not even get through to me and I have told my agent that he should leave me in peace.
"In certain situations, players should protect themselves by not losing track of the most important things in their job."
Arsenal are currently in the market for a centre back due to a lack of defensive options – they only have Laurent Koscielny, Johan Djourou and Sebastian Squillaci fit.
Thomas Vermaelen is currently injured – albeit on the road to recovery – and manager Arsene Wenger’s two summer signings Koscielny and Squillaci have been less than impressive.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are bracing themselves for offers for wantaway defender Daniel Agger from the likes of Juventus, Arsenal and Tottenham so are looking for a replacement.
New manager Kenny Dalglish will be looking for steel in his new defensive recruit so Liverpool are now likely to raid Stoke for Shawcross or Robert Huth.