Max Meyer has seemingly dealt a fatal blow to Arsenal and Chelsea's hopes of completing his signature, with the Schalke starlet having openly admitted that he is ignoring such transfer speculation and is happy to remain at Veltins-Arena.
Those two aforementioned Premier League clubs - along with title rivals Liverpool - were credited with a strong interest in £8 million-rated Meyer earlier this summer, yet the 18-year-old playmaker does not appear to be giving such interest even a moment's thought as he seeks to progress further in the Bundesliga.
Ignoring the rumours
"Arsenal and Chelsea interest? That doesn't really affect me. I completely ignore it," Meyer told Goal.
"I am not thinking about interest from other teams when I go out there on the pitch. Of course, it's flattering in some way because it's conformation that you're doing well. But it doesn't affect me."
In a quite remarkable and commendable display of maturity and commitment, the German international was keen to stress that he believes he is already in the right place to develop his skills at such an early stage of his career.
"I don't care about interest from other teams because I'm feeling very well at Schalke. There's absolutely no reason for me to leave Schalke at this stage, so I ignore all rumours."
Meyer has enjoyed a rather swift rise to prominence in recent times. Having joined Schalke's youth team back in 2009, he made fleeting appearances for the club during the 2012/13 campaign before becoming a regular fixture of the first-team under Jens Keller last term with six goals in 30 outings.
Encouraging form at domestic level certainly did not appear to go unnoticed internationally, with Germany boss Joachim Low handing Meyer his debut in a friendly match against Poland at Imtech Arena in May.
Indeed, young Meyer was also included in Low's provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup, yet was sadly denied the chance of collecting a winner's medal after being cut from the final travelling party.
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Chelsea/Arsenal to look elsewhere?
Meyer's comments on their specific interest may disappoint both Chelsea and Arsenal, although it seems very unlikely that either Jose Mourinho or Arsene Wenger will be too distraught at missing out on him at this juncture.
Whether or not either club does intend to make further additions to their respective squads before next week's transfer deadline remains to be see.
Chelsea have been swift and decisive with regards to their business so far, with Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas Filipe Luis and Dider Drogba all moving to Stamford Bridge in recent months.
Arsenal have been just as pro-active, however, with Chilean star Alexis Sanchez having joined the Gunners' ranks along with defenders Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers and Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina.
Of the two experienced bosses, it is likely to be Wenger who dips back into the market between now and next weekend, with captain Mikel Arteta set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering an injury during the goalless draw with Besiktas in midweek.
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