Marvin Martin will not leave Sochaux until at least next summer, according to club president Alexandre Lacombe, despite reports still connecting the player to Arsenal.
Martin has starred for the Ligue 1 side since moving through the youth ranks in 2008, and has been the subject of a great deal of transfer attention, along with Sochaux teammates Kevin Anin and Modibo Maiga.
Arsenal in particular have been linked to Martin, though the club and player himself have both insisted on many occasions that a deal has yet to be discussed.
And as Martin aims to steal a spot in the France international side at the 2012 Euros, Lacombe insists that his prized possession will stay in the country at least until the tournament is over.
"Marvin is not at his usual level right now and he has a lot at stake [such as a place at the Euro 2012 finals]," he told RMC.
"I told him on the day of his return that there will never be good players at mediocre clubs.
"It is necessary that our collective results get much better so that everyone can reap the rewards.
"Marvin Martin will not leave during the winter market. That is not our wish, nor the player's wish."
Martin's ambition to win trophies could make him a transfer target for Arsenal again next summer, with Sochaux currently in the relegation zone.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have recovered from their most difficult start to a season in over 50 years to push for a top four spot and star in the Champions League; the club were the first in England to qualify for the final 16, and are now looking to push the top sides in both England and Europe with the likes of Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott boasting top form.
But the midfield is an area that can still be built on within the squad, with Mikel Arteta finding his feet after moving from Everton on deadline day to fill the space left by Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.
Arsene Wenger has revealed that he is planning on making moves in the January transfer window, and the Gunners manager has already moved to sign both Thierry Henry and a left-back on loan.
And the month looks set to be a busy one for the Frenchman, who has a leaning towards young French players like Martin.