The Premier League's top clubs will not be signing Luiz Gustavo this summer, following the Brazilian's recent statement of commitment to Wolfsburg.
Gustavo moved to the Bundesliga club from Bayern Munich last summer and enjoyed a stellar season in midfield, earning links to a string of Europe's top clubs.
However, he told local media outlet Wolfsburger Nachricten (h/t Daily Star's Chisanga Malata) he's going nowhere:
I am back in training and I want to play on for Wolfsburg to help the team succeed. We are to be involved in three club competitions this season and we want to be among the best in all of them.
Wolfsburg will compete in the Europa League this season after claiming a fifth-place finish in the 2013-14 Bundesliga campaign.
So impressive was Gustavo during that term that he went on to figure as the most consistent component in Luiz Felipe Scolari's Brazil midfield at the 2014 World Cup.
Malata states that Arsenal and Manchester United were each eyeing a potential £27.5 million move for the 27-year-old, but after enjoying a fine maiden campaign with the Wolves, it seems Gustavo is hungry for further improvement.
Real Madrid's interest had also been reported by Spanish newspaper El Confidencial (h/t 101GreatGoals), in the event that Sami Khedira left Carlo Ancelotti's squad.
Bundesliga writer Clark Whitney cites German newspaper Bild when stating that Gustavo's representatives actually met with Real, and rightly points out how far the anchorman's value has shot up in the past year:
SportBild: Luiz Gustavo's agent met w/ RealMadrid over €35m move. Ironic: 1 yr ago, Pep couldn't sell him fast enough, VfL paid Bayern €16m— Clark Whitney (@Mr_Bundesliga) July 2, 2014
Gustavo's case just goes to show what a year of frequent first-team football can do for a player's career, going from fringe asset at the Allianz Arena to talismanic figurehead in Lower Saxony.
Wolfsburg are no more willing to sell than the player is to leave, as Malata cites German magazine Kicker when quoting general manager Klaus Allofs, who gives his take on the speculation:
"Luiz Gustavo leaving? This has been a theoretical chance this summer, but now this chapter is closed.”
Following the success of last season, Wolfsburg have also tied up value deals for Sebastian Jung and Aaron Hunt from Eintracht Frankfurt and Werder Bremen, respectively.
Josuha Guilavogui also joins from Atletico Madrid on a two-year loan deal, as confirmed by the official Bundesliga Twitter account:
It's clear the club has a vision of evolving in the years to come and that Gustavo is convinced in those prospects, rebuffing any interest in his talents so that his squad future is cemented.
Wolfsburg will be happy to see their main man in the middle so content with life in his current setting, disappointing Europe's big guns as they devote their attention elsewhere.