Marco Reus will definitely not be leaving Borussia Dortmund this summer, according to the Bundesliga club's CEO.
German international Reus has found himself subject to rather intense and increasingly frequent transfer rumours once again this summer, with Premier League giants Manchester United and Liverpool - along with Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich - having been most strongly linked with his signature following news that he has rejected a new contract.
Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has been very quick indeed to insist that Reus and teammate Mats Hummels will continue at Signal Iduna Park regardless of mounting interest from overseas - something that Hans-Joachim Watzke is obviously eager to reinforce.
"There is no possibility that he will play elsewhere," the Dortmund chief told magazine Kicker in an interview that was cited by Goal.
"We will try to tie him to our club for longer and we are proceeding with peace of mind that he will renew his deal."
Dortmund are under no real obligation to part with Reus, of course, with the 25-year-old under contract until 2017 and the club already under considerable pressure to keep hold of their remaining big names following the recent defection of striker Robert Lewandowski to Bayern.
Confirmation that £27.9 million-rated Reus will certainly not be leaving his current employers is obviously likely to come as a considerable blow to his list of suitors, although in truth it always appeared rather unlikely that he would be allowed to leave during the current window.
Manchester United are regarded as long-term suitors for Reus, although Louis van Gaal arguably has other more pressing transfer priorities with a midfield enforcer and at least one new central defender sure to be high on his list of targets.
Liverpool's interest in the player initially came as somewhat of a surprise given his reputation and the Reds' failure to really attract the highest caliber of player over recent seasons.
However, with Luis Suarez having left Anfield for Barcelona and new signing Divock Origi being loaned back to former club Lille for the duration of the new season, Brendan Rodgers is obviously eager to further bolster his frontline to ensure the club are able to compete sufficiently in the Champions League.