Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels has confirmed he turned down the chance to join Manchester United this summer, and insisted he's happy to remain in Germany for now.
The World Cup winner did hint however that there's no guarantee that he will remain with the Bundesliga outfit for the long-term having so far refused to put pen to paper on a new contract.
Hummels appeared to be Manchester United's top defensive target in the summer transfer window, and after the defender hinted he would like to ply his trade away from the Bundesliga it seemed as though a £30 million deal could be on.
However Hummels publicly committed his future to Dortmund despite the departure of charismatic boss Jurgen Klopp - forcing the Red Devils to look at alternative targets including Nicolas Otamendi and Sergio Ramos.
Speaking to journalists in Singapore as Dortmund begin their preparations for the new season, the 26-year-old admitted he was flattered to be offered the chance to join Manchester United, but he remains committed to his current club for the time being.
"There have always been rumours about almost every one of our players, but I decided not to make the move this year,” he said.
“Of course when the big clubs are interested, and Manchester United is one of the biggest clubs in the world, it’s an honour. But I decided I wanted to stay here."
Dortmund have offered Hummels the chance to extend his deal beyond its current expiration date in 2017, but the defender wants to keep his options open for the time being as new boss Thomas Tuchel prepares to take charge of his first competitive game.
"I've been at Dortmund for a very long time, I haven't set a limit," he explained. "It’s hard to say what future brings, but I'm still here after seven years."
Manchester United are now embroiled in a long-running transfer saga as they try to lure Sergio Ramos from Real Madrid, but so far their attempts have been unsuccessful. According to reports they have had one offer worth more than £28 million rejected by Madrid, who are holding out for a fee in excess of €60 million.
David de Gea's desire to leave Old Trafford and join the Spanish giants only complicates the matter further, and as things stands negotiations are at a standstill.