Borussia Dortmund have told striker Robert Lewandowski to see out the remaining year on his contract and forget about leaving the club this summer.
Speculation that the Polish striker was about to join Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich had been growing with the player recently going public over his desire to leave the Westfalenstadion.
However,that wish is not going to be granted by Borussia bosses,who have brought the speculation to an end by stressing the 24-year-old will be playing for them next season.
"We have informed the player and his agent that we will not allow him to move to FC Bayern this summer," Dortmund's director of sport Michael Zorc told Kicker magazine.
Dortmund have already sold German attacking midfielder Mario Gotze to Bayern for a fee of €37million, and they are refusing to lose another key member of their side to a club who beat them to both the Bundesliga title and the Champions League trophy in the 2012-13 season.
"We have informed the player and his agent that we will not allow him to move to FC Bayern this summer" - Michael Zorc
Lewandowski, whose contract expires next summer, had requested a move, but Dortmund would rather see him leave on a free transfer next year than cash in on a man who has scored 54 goals in 98 games for the club.
"He told us that weeks ago, and that is legitimate," Dortmund's general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke said. "But it is equally legitimate for us, in our position, to refer to the valid contract we have."
Although Lewandowski will now have to wait another year before possibly realising his dream of playing for Bayern, Watzke does not expect his performances to suffer next season.
"There may be a small phase now in which he is disappointed, but then he will deliver his usual performances like any professional who has character," he said.
"And Robert has a great deal of character."