Freiburg chairman Fritz Keller is hopeful reported Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund target Matthias Ginter will be at the Bundesliga club next season.
The highly rated 20-year-old has been a regular for Freiburg this term, making 25 league appearances.
His form has seen him linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium and Signal Iduna Park and Freiburg, who occupy the relegation play-off place in the league, will be powerless to keep him if they drop to the second tier.
However, Keller feels the midfielder would be better suited by staying at Freiburg and getting first-team football instead of warming the bench at another club.
"He has a long-term contract and for a player his age, it may be interesting to stay another year for stability," Keller told Badische Zeitung.
"This is in my opinion better than to sit on the bench for one of the big clubs."
Despite wanting to retain Ginter, Keller admits that players leaving the club is something that cannot be avoided, given Freiburg's lack of financial clout, though he believes a new stadium will help Freiburg keep hold of their best players.
"We must always expect players to leave us," Keller added.
"Turnover is normal for us, as we have seen recently, but we do our homework. Sure we can continue to do this, but it is important that we get a new stadium. Then we can keep players maybe a year longer.
"A stadium is not a luxury, but important in the struggle for survival."