Borussia Dortmund general director Michael Zorc has once again played down suggestions that a host of important first-team stars are on the verge of leaving the Westfalenstadion this month, after intimating that the Bundesliga club has become used to seeing players linked with Manchester United and Real Madrid.
The 52-year-old says the German giants take it as a compliment when major European powerhouses come calling, because it proves they are doing something right in their nurturing and development of top talent that is being integrated into Jurgen Klopp's senior team.
Barely a week goes by when the likes of Marco Reus or Ilkay Gundogan aren't spoken about potential switches to Old Trafford or the Santiago Bernabeu, but Zorc is adamant that it has no effect on the club or the players.
"It would seem that we constantly have 17 players on the verge of moving to Real Madrid or Manchester United," he was quoted saying by Sky Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.
"We have been putting up with this kind of rumours on a weekly basis for the past four years now. But this at least confirms that we are working well."
Asked specifically about German playmaker Reus, who is the apple of many eyes across Europe's top leagues, Zorc insisted that the club has regular communication with the player and said that his long-term future will be decided before the end of the 2014/15 campaign.
The 25-year-old is currently sidelined by injury, though, and that will almost certainly rule out a prospective departure in the mid-season window, meaning his potential suitors will have to wait until the summer if they are serious about acquiring his signature.
"We are frequently in contact with the player, he is a smart lad and we obviously want to hold on to him," he added. "A decision regarding his future will be taken before the summer."