Chelsea winger Andre Schurrle has insisted he is likely to stay at Stamford Bridge even though he has only played a minor part in the Blues' season.
After being a key performer in Germany's World Cup victory in Brazil, the 24-year-old forward might have expected to be a regular in Chelsea's starting line-up in his second year in the Premier League, following his £18m move from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2013.
However, he says he feels out of favour at Chelsea, having started just four Premier League games in the first 16 matches of the campaign.
Schurrle recently explained to IBTimes UK a mystery illness had prevented him from hitting peak form but now reveals he is ready to regain a place in the line-up for the second half of the campaign.
"In a phase with less operating time, transfer rumours are always coming up. Of course I want to be on the pitch as much as possible and score goals for my club. In a team like Chelsea with many top players, you have to prove yourself again and again. Such a disease throws you back a few weeks," the German wrote in his official blog.
"Through my exchange 2013, the long season (here there are no winter breaks), the great World Cup and the short preparation, I just had little relaxation times in between. Of course this quickly brings media to speculate about a transfer. But this is not an issue for me. I feel comfortable here and would not think of such a thing!"
Nevertheless, Schurrle looks to be entering Jose Mourinho's plans again, having scored a couple of goals in recent games against Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League and Derby County in the Capital One Cup.
Schurrle hopes to keep the momentum going in the coming matches and put behind him a number of fitness concerns that have hampered his chances of establishing himself in the Premier League.
He said: "For me the previous season was not according to my wishes. A persistent virus and influenza as well as muscular problems put me out of action for some time. It was only after I forced my body to take a break and had fully recovered when I finally started with my running sessions, whose intensity I increased continuously.
"This difficult period is over now, thank God! The last few weeks I was able to intensively train and fight myself back into the team. The 3-1 Champions League win over Sporting Lisbon and my goal [in] the 2-0 indicate that things are getting better."