Ricardo Rodriguez will not leave Wolfsburg this summer

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Ricardo Rodriguez is seemingly not set to join Manchester United or Liverpool in the near future, with Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs having confirmed that the player will remain at Volkswagen Arena this summer.

Swiss defender Rodriguez - who registered two assists in four solid appearances for his country at the 2014 World Cup - has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in recent weeks, with Liverpool credited with an interest in the £15 million man and the Red Devils even said to have lodged an official bid for his services.

However, in a recent interview with German magazine Kicker cited by Goal, Allofs was keen to stress that the left-back was not set to leave the Bundesliga.

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Rodriguez stay

"That will have been a brief conversation," the ex-German international said when questioned with regards to that aforementioned Manchester United interest.

"Ricardo is not going anywhere."

Whether Rodriguez himself will be content to remain at Wolfsburg in light of interest from such reputable European clubs remains to be see.

The 21-year-old former Zurich starlet - who moved to Germany back in 2012 - is unquestionably one of Dieter Hecking's key players and made 34 domestic appearances last season as Die Wölfe achieved a fifth-placed finish.

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Left-back interest

New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal presumably did not anticipate pursuing another new left-back during his first transfer window at Old Trafford.

Following the capture of budding England international Luke Shaw last month, it appeared that Manchester United would be able to move on to strengthening other areas of their squad that required urgent attention following a dreadful 2013/14 campaign.

However, news that Patrice Evra is likely to leave the club for Serie A champions Juventus just two months after signing a new one year-contract looks as if it will leave Van Gaal somewhat short of competition for the former Southampton youngster.

Quite whether Rodriguez would have been the ideal candidate given his comparative lack of experience is certainly questionable, although Manchester United have also been linked with the likes of Dutchman Daley Blind and Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have been extremely active in the transfer market in recent weeks under Brendan Rodgers, yet still do not appear to have adequately addressed their defensive issues.

First-choice left-back Jose Enrique spent much of last season on the sidelines with a knee problem and Valencia loanee Aly Cissokho did preciously little to prove himself worthy of a full-time deal at Anfield.

Rodriguez could well have been a perfect signing for Liverpool, therefore, but such a possibility now appears minute.

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