Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City target Jonathan Tah asked not to be selected for the Bundesliga clash against Hertha Berlin last weekend, after growing increasingly unsettled by ongoing transfer speculation, reports the Daily Mail.
The highly-rated Hamburg defender has attracted attention from a number of Premier League suitors, following a series of impressive performances in Germany this season.
Red Devils boss David Moyes has been credited with an interest in bringing the 17-year-old to Old Trafford, as he looks to strengthen his defensive department ahead of the impending exit of Nemanja Vidic.
Arsene Wenger has also been monitoring the centre-back's progress at the Imtech Arena, and could lodge a rival bid to lure Tah to the Gunners.
City, meanwhile, complete the trio of English clubs currently trailing the player's situation, which could prompt a three-way scramble with Manchester United and Arsenal for his signature, when the transfer window reopens in the summer.
The talented teenager is currently caught up in a contract dispute with his father, agent and Hamburg, and asked not to be selected while negotiations continue.
However, the German club's sporting director Oliver Kreuzer played down any rumours of unrest, suggesting that the decision was taken in the best interests of Tah and the collective Hamburg team.
"Jonathan is not terribly difficult, but he did not play," he said. "It was simply because the boy has endured an awful lot during the week."
Hamburg went on to lose the match 3-0, leaving them in a lowly 17th place in the Bundesliga table.