Mats Hummels has strongly suggested he received an offer from Manchester United, but opted instead to remain at Borussia Dortmund for at least another season.
Hummels, 26, has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford, with reports from the Daily Mail earlier this summer suggesting he was the target of a £36m ($55.3m) move.
Since then, however, talk of a Premier League move for the Germany international has died down, with United now pursuing Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, with Nicolas Otamendi of Valencia also a possibility.
Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watze admitted in May Hummels had been "mulling over his future" amid United's interest, but the centre-half has brought such talk to an end – at least for another 12 months.
"There have always been rumours about almost every one of our players, but I decided not to make the move this year," the Germany international told reporters during Dortmund's pre-season tour of the Far East, the Manchester Evening News reported.
"Of course when the big clubs are interested, and Manchester United is one of the biggest clubs in the world, it's an honour. But I decided I wanted to stay here."
While United may have switched targets, central defence remains a priority area for the club to address ahead of the 2015-16 season.
Louis van Gaal also wants someone to play the number 6 role as an urgent addition to his squad, something the club look to be close to addressing with the purchase of Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin.
A deal for the France international could be wrapped up before the Red Devils depart for their pre-season tour of the US, according to the Guardian.
Saints boss Ronald Koeman confirmed the club received an opening bid from United that was not satisfactory, but added he expected the club to increase their bid.