Manchester United target Nigel De Jong has ruled out any possibility of moving to Old Trafford after revealing that he wants to finish his career at AC Milan.
The 29-year-old midfielder was heavily linked with a Premier League return during the summer, but now looks set to remain at the San Siro after confirming that talks over a contract extension with the Serie 'A' giants is already planned for next week.
Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal was credited with an interest in bringing De Jong back to England following the enforcer's impressive performances at the World Cup in Brazil.
With the Dutch coach on the lookout for midfield reinforcements in Manchester, the link was an all too obvious one to make, but a bid for the £10 million-rated star never transpired.
Instead Van Gaal proceeded with the £14 million capture of Daley Blind from Ajax, but the De Jong rumours have remained, with suggestions that Manchester United could reignite plans to snare him when the transfer window reopens in January.
However, any chance of that happening has now been rubbished after the player intimated his desire to stay in Italy, ending all speculation surrounding the AC Milan star's prospective switch to Old Trafford.
Nigel De Jong quote:
"I want to stay at Milan and I repeat that I want to end my career here," he is quoted by Sky Sports from an interview with Il Giornale.
"Milan is a club with a history and an extraordinary tradition – if they cannot finish first then they must always fight to be in the top three.
"I know it is tough, I know that there are many teams as strong and organised as we are, but we have to try.
"At what point will there be a new contract? I know that the club has contacted my agent and there is an appointment for next week."
The news will come as a blow to any Manchester United supporters who had hopes of securing De Jong's signature at the turn of the year.
By comparison, Filippo Inzaghi will be boosted by latest developments confirming that the first-team star sees his long-term future in Milan. He will be determined to tie the player down to a new long-term deal at the earliest possibility.
The Red Devils will now be forced to consider alternative transfer options if, as expected, Van Gaal looks to strengthen his squad even further in 2015. His £150 million spend on six new signings during the summer is simply the start of an ongoing revolution following the post Sir Alex Ferguson era.