Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels has ruled out any possibility of leaving the Westfalenstadion this January, but left the door open to a future Manchester United transfer after admitting he will "maybe leave someday".
The World Cup winning centre-back has been the subject of intense speculation after the Bundesliga giants' disastrous first half of the 2014/15 campaign, with the Daily Mirror suggesting last week that Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal was preparing a £35 million bid for the Germany international's signature.
However, the 26-year-old has poured cold water over recent rumours linking him with an imminent switch to Old Trafford after insisting he has no plans to quit Dortmund "all of a sudden".
"I'm not really known as someone who travels," he explained in a television interview with Sky Deutschland. "I've only been with two clubs in 26 years, so loyalty is important to me.
"The only thing I'm concerned with right now is to play better than in the first half of the season. I was not satisfied with myself at all, as you can imagine."
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Hummels' comments are related to Dortmund's disappointing league form which sees Jurgen Klopp's side languishing in 17th spot in the table at the halfway stage, above bottom-placed Freiburg only on goal difference with a paltry return of 15 points from 17 games.
The club captain's immediate task will be to help his current employers climb out and away from the relegation zone, with no attention paid to ongoing reports regarding his long-term future which have been around for the majority of his career.
"I have had offers from different clubs, ever since I've been with Dortmund," he added. "But I have always decided not to leave.
"I think I've made some good decisions and I want to make those in future as well. I've never said I want to stay until 2024 or 2030, or whenever, but I have stayed until today.
"I will stick to not saying anything and maybe leave someday" - Mats Hummels
"I will stick to not saying anything and maybe leave someday, instead of saying I'll stay forever and leave all of a sudden."
The news will come as a big blow to Manchester United who are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements in the mid-season window, but they'll be forced to shelve their interest in luring Hummels to the Theatre of Dreams after his latest show of commitment to Dortmund.
Red Devils supporters will worry that Van Gaal might now stick with the options he already has for the remainder of the campaign, despite the fact the team has looked fragile at the back in numerous games already this term.
Last Sunday's surprise 1-0 defeat against high-flying Southampton provided the most recent evidence of the deficiencies displayed by the Dutch coach's squad, as he continues to keep faith with a 3-5-2 formation that the majority of players have struggled to adapt to.
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