Manchester United defender target Mats Hummels has laughed off suggestions that he could leave Borussia Dortmund any time soon, insisting that there's 'no club in the world' where he would be happier.
Hummels has emerged as one of the leading centre-backs in Europe, and was a key part of Germany's World Cup win in Brazil earlier this summer.
His efforts at the World Cup seemed to attract the interest of Manchester United who, having lost both Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, were in desperate need of a new leader at the back.
While they landed both Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind who can operate at the heart of defence it certainly raised a few eye-brows at Old Trafford that they didn't land a specialist centre-back, and the suggestion is that they could remedy that problem in the January window.
Although the summer window only shut recently, a batch of reports have suggested that Van Gaal will be given £50 million to spend in the winter window and landing Hummels is amongst his top priorities. However it seems increasingly unlikely that the German will be at Old Trafford.
"There is currently no club in the world where I would be happier at," he said in an interview with transfermarkt.de.
Hummels, who was made club captain by Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp over the summer, was said to be the target of a late deadline day move by Manchester United. Reports claim that the Red Devils made an initial approach in June but were knocked back, only to try again as time ran out.
One key fact that meant that they couldn't push through a deal at speed is the lack of a release clause in Hummels' contract - something he insisted on.
He revealed: "If I wanted to leave the club one day I would want it to be 100% open and fair for everyone. I wouldn't like to say: "Oh, by the way, thank you for the last year, it was nice but I'm off". I would like the club to have time to adjust to it".
The Red Devils may now turn elsewhere in order to reinforce their defence, although as things stand potential alternatives are somewhat thin on the ground.