Premier League title rivals Manchester United and Arsenal appear to have been dealt a potentially fatal blow in the race to sign Alex Song, with the midfielder insisting that he is happy at Barcelona.
Cameroon international Song joined the Catalan giants from the Gunners last summer yet appears to have had significant trouble establishing himself as a first-team regular at the Nou Camp.
In his first campaign under Tito Vilanova, the 26-year-old started on just 17 occasions in La Liga and that figure stands at just five during the early stages of the 2013/14 season under the tutelage of new boss Gerardo Martino.
Song's struggle to establish himself in Spain has led to much speculation over his future in recent months, with the tenacious midfielder having been linked with a potential return to the Emirates Stadium as well as a possible switch to Premier League champions Manchester United.
However, those aforementioned moves now appear somewhat unlikely to occur when the transfer window re-opens in January, with the player himself re-affirming his commitment to his current employers.
"I am happy at Barcelona," Song told the BBC in an interview that was quoted by The Metro.
"I play in one of the best leagues in the world, everybody treats me very well, and there are some of the best players in the world here.
"You don’t know what might happen in the future, but I still have a few years left on my contract here."
Both Arsenal and Manchester United are believed to be in the market for at least one new midfielder this winter, with Arsene Wenger seeking an adequate alternative to Mathieu Flamini and David Moyes presumably looking to add both defensive steel and creative flair.