The International Business Times can confirm Borussia Dortmund will not sell reputed Manchester United and Arsenal target Mario Götze in the January transfer window.
The prodigiously gifted 19-year-old is rapidly emerging as one of the most coveted young players on the continent and following a typically eye-catching performance against Bayern Munich at the weekend, during which he scored the winner, various sources suggested Manchester United and Arsenal, in particular, were beginning tentative endeavours to launch lucrative January raids.
The International Business Times confirmed earlier in November that a source closely associated with Götze claimed "there is no chance of him leaving in the winter. Zero per cent," and the same source has reiterated that stand point despite the envious glances from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and Manchester United counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson. Ahead of Wednesday night's Champions League encounter between Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund at the Emirates, the source told the IBTimes that a move away from the Westfalenstadion in January was "impossible" and against the wishes of his club.
The two longest serving managers in the Premier League are eager to address their perceived misgivings in midfield, with Manchester United currently deploying Wayne Rooney in a withdrawn role and Arsenal gradually coming to terms with the summer departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.
The Daily mail claim Arsenal are plotting a move for Götze at the turn of the year, suggesting the north London Premier League club have been informed it would take a bid in the region of £30 million to land the playmaker; however the International Business Times can confirm Götze is eager to remain in Dortmund until after the European Championships before considering his options amid additional interest from Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.
The aforementioned source reiterated they had received no formal word from Manchester United, Arsenal or Bayern Munich even though they acknowledged the mounting speculation, and claimed Dortmund had not signalled their intention to sell the German international.
The IBTimes were told Götze is desperate to prove his worth at next summer's European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine, and is concerned the possible upheaval caused by a big money move in January would be an unwelcome distraction in the build-up to the tournament. Furthermore the player is comfortable in the Bundesliga at this juncture in his fledgling career, and sees no reason to move abroad ahead of a potentially decisive tournament for Germany, who are amongst the pre-tournament favourites having beaten England, Argentina, Brazil and Holland in the last 18-months. Despite clearly stating the player's immediate intentions, a move in the summer would depend on Dortmund's "willingness" to sell according to the aforementioned source.
Götze's stock has risen immeasurably since his starring role in Borussia Dortmund's successful Bundesliga winning campaign last season and his meteoric rise to prominence has continued with further stunning individual performances this season. Alongside Japanese international Shinji Kagawa, the fledgling German international was the architect of his side's first league title in a decade last year and he has successfully transferred that form onto the international stage to become the focal point of Joachim Löw's talented young side.
In August, Götze's reputation as one of Europe's top young talents was confirmed after he inspired Germany to a memorable 3-2 victory over Brazil. The mercurially gifted 19-year-old's performance was witnessed by an audience which included a number of scouts from some of the world's elite clubs, including Real Madrid, Barcelona and Inter Milan.
Arsenal are believed to be Götze's keenest admirer with some media outlets recently suggesting the Gunners had watched every one of his games this season, yet a move to the Emirates in January would appear extremely unlikely.
Despite his rising stock on the continent, Götze recently reiterated his desire to remain at Borussia Dortmund for the forseable future.
"I am really happy here," he told Sky Sports. "That is all that counts. I have a contract here until 2014 and I am more than happy.
"I think you can see that too and that is why I am happy to be here.
"We have so many amazing players in our side who try to push themselves to the limits in every training session and every game."