Wolfsburg midfielder Luiz Gustavo insists he is "happy" at the Volkswagen Arena and can see himself playing there for "many more years", despite reported transfer interest from Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.
The Brazil international was heavily linked with a move away from the Bundesliga club during the recent transfer window with the Daily Express reporting last month that all three of the player's Premier League suitors were ready to meet his £27.5 million buyout clause.
Gustavo played a starring role for his country at the World Cup this summer and with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger on the lookout for a holding midfielder a possible approach for the 27-year-old made a lot of sense.
Arsenal failed to recruit any player for that specialist position in the end meaning that there could still be an opening at the Emirates Stadium in January, but Wenger will have to consider alternative options after the South American schemer made clear his intention to remain in Germany for the foreseeable future.
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"I am very happy," he said in an interview with German newspaper Bild. "Wolfsburg is a very good club.
"I like Germany, the mentality. Here I see my future and can imagine to play for many more years here."
Premier League interest
Louis van Gaal was also credited with an interest in taking Gustavo to Old Trafford but ended up signing versatile Dutchman Daley Blind instead in a £14 million deal, with the former Ajax man likely to be deployed in a defensive midfield position for the Red Devils.
Jose Mourinho completed the trio of admirers from England's top-flight, despite his wealth of midfield options currently available to him at Stamford Bridge.
January signing Nemanja Matic has excelled in front of the Blues' back four since returning to west London from Benfica at the turn of the year, and with John Obi Mikel in reserve it's difficult to see where the former Bayern Munich man would actually fit in at Chelsea.
Content in Germany
Of course, that is of no concern to Gustavo himself, given that he is under contract with Wolfsburg until 2018, and judging by his latest comments he is more than happy to see out the duration of that deal in Lower Saxony.
Gustavo scored four goals and contributed three assists for Dieter Hecking's side last season, and though he's made a slow start to the 2014/15 campaign he will play an important role for the team again this term.
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