Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels has shot down reports of a deal with Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal, saying they were invented.
The Germany defender has long been a target for several top European clubs and he recently said he would like to play abroad at some point in his career. Hummels' current deal runs out in 2017.
But the central defender, who won the World Cup with Germany last year, said suggestions he had made a promise to the United manager that he would move to Old Tafford are false.
"Just to be clear. This alleged "promise" is simply an invention... and that is saying it nicely," he said on his official Twitter account on Wednesday.
Dortmund, German champions in 2011 and 2012, have been struggling this season after a bad first half to the campaign and are in 10th place, chasing a European spot with eight games left.
Dortmund take on Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga on Saturday.