Manchester United and Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their alleged pursuit of Ricardo Rodriguez after the defender reiterated his commitment to Wolfsburg, adding that he's happy to stay in the "cool" Bundesliga.
The Daily Star reports how the Switzerland international has been the subject of intense transfer speculation in recent weeks following his impressive showing at the World Cup in Brazil this summer.
A transfer to the Premier League had been mooted for the talented 21-year-old, with Louis van Gaal and Brendan Rodgers both credited with an interest in signing the talented left-back.
The Red Devils have already completed the £27 million capture of England international Luke Shaw from Southampton, but having allowed both Alexander Buttner and Patrice Evra to leave Old Trafford the Dutch coach is in need of another reinforcement in that area of the pitch.
Brendan Rodgers meanwhile has long been on the lookout for a new left sided full-back having identified it as a problem position for the Reds during his two years at Anfield.
Liverpool were heavily linked with a move for Sevilla's Alberto Moreno, but after failing to reach agreement over a fee with the Spanish club attention has since turned to Germany to sound out the possibility of luring Rodriguez to Merseyside.
Happy in Germany
However, both Manchester United and Liverpool could now be forced to consider alternative options after the player made it quite clear that his intentions are to remain at the Volkswagen Arena and continue his development under the watchful eye of Dieter Hecking.
"I have a two-year contract [at Wolfsburg]," Rodriguez explained in an interview with German newspaper Bild. "I look forward to the new season."
When pressed for a direct answer on whether he'd stay at the club he has been with since January 2012, the Swiss star added: "Yes, I can say. I am calm. I do my best and I want to help the team. Bundesliga is cool."
Wolfsburg reportedly value the youngster at around £15 million, but given his clear commitment to the club it's unlikely he'll be going anywhere before the transfer window closes on September 2.
However, it will still be interesting to see how this story develops if either Manchester United or Liverpool were to meet the Bundesliga outfit's asking price. Rodriguez could swap Germany for England after all.