Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has insisted that there is no chance that Manchester United and Liverpool target Marco Reus will be sold this summer, insisting that the attacking midfielder wants to go on and become an 'icon' with the Bundesliga club.
There has been plenty of speculation about Reus' availability in recent weeks; something that the 25-year-old's decision to turn down the offer of a contract extension this week has helped perpetuate.
Both Manchester United and Liverpool have been linked with a swoop and it has been claimed that he could be available for as little as £28 million - and he is believed to have a release clause in his contract that is active from next year for a similar amount.
Along with Manchester United and Liverpool a host of European giants including Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are said to be monitoring his situation - but Watzke says there is no chance that he'll be leaving Dortmund any time soon.
"Marco is a boy from Dortmund. His feet are on the ground and his heart is in the right place. Despite his success, he decided himself to stay," Watzke told Goal.com.
"We hope that he becomes an icon in his hometown and that he can look back on many unforgettable moments and titles here at the end of his career.
"He is a worldclass player. He is quick, a real goal-threat and possesses great skills. Plus Marco is a leader."
Those comments will come as a blow to both Manchester United and Liverpool who are in the midst of extensive squad overhauls. Brendan Rodgers has already snapped up no less than six players while Luis Suarez has joined Barcelona, with plenty more new faces expected at Anfield before the close of the window.
Manchester United meanwhile have signed Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera for a combined fee of around £60 million and are currently trying to add the likes of Arturo Vidal and Thomas Vermaelen to their squad.
New boss Louis van Gaal admitted last night that defenders are his priority at the moment, while a midfield enforcer should also arrive at Old Trafford sooner rather than later.
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