Nico Hulkenberg has denied speculation that he is close to quitting Sauber, although has said he is unsure of his future beyond this season. 

Reports in Germany claimed that the 25-year-old was intending to walk out on his team as he had not been paid since May despite the team signing a new sponsorship deal that had lifted financial concerns. 

Hulkenburg refused to comment on these claims, instead telling Sky Sport's News he "absolutely" plans to remain with Sauber for the near future. 

"The future is still open, my management and I are looking at all possible options, including Sauber," he said. 

"Nothing has been decided and we are still quite a way away from making a decision too." 

Hulkenburg has picked up just seven points so far this season, finding himself in 15th place in the driver's championship. 

Ferrari and Lotus are both reported to be keen on bringing the German to their teams, but it remains to be seen where Hulkenburg will be next season. 

Round 10 of the season takes place this weekend as the Formula 1 world circuit arrives in Budapest for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

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