Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has moved to deny reports that Sami Khedira could be leaving the Champions League holders when the transfer window re-opens next month.
The German international, who played a key role in his country's World Cup triumph back in the summer, has been continually linked with a move away from the Spanish capital ever since the arrival of compatriot Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich.
However with Ancelotti keen to keep his squad together ahead of the second half of the season, it seems Khedira will be staying at the Santiago Bernabeu until his contract ends in May.
Khedira's frustration at life in Madrid is understandable given the plethora of options Ancelotti already possesses that are blocking his route to the first team.
Kroos touched down in the summer and, with his outstanding range of passing and consistent performances for Bayern Munich last season, walked into the first team and has remained there ever since.
Luka Modric remains ever-present alongside the 24-year-old in midfield, whilst fellow summer signing James Rodriguez is undroppable with the Columbian thriving ever since his move from Monaco in the summer.
Asier Illarramendi is another option for the Madrid manager, though has struggled for form and consistency since joining the club last summer.
Speaking ahead of a glamour-friendly against Serie A giants AC Milan, Ancelotti was blunt when denying rumours that Arsenal had agreed a deal to rescue Khedira from his difficult spell at the club.
"I've heard nothing, they're just rumours," he said.
"He's our player, at least until June 30."
Premier League blow
The news will come as a bitter blow to a contingent of Premier League clubs who had been monitoring ongoings with a view of swooping for the World Cup winner.
Arsenal remain in the hunt for a holding midfielder after missing out on Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin in the summer, but may instead turn their attentions to Portuguese midfielder William Carvalho who could finally leave Sporting Lisbon next month.
Chelsea were another linked with his services given the way Jose Mourinho coaxed the best from him during their time at Madrid together, but are also thought to be interested in Barcelona's contract-rebel Sergio Busquets who may leave the Catalan giants to replace John Obi Mikel.
Manchester United have been eying him as a possible alternative to Kevin Strootman, but new remarks made by the Dutch midfielder hint he could be making a move to Old Trafford sooner rather than later.
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