Chelsea target Andre Schurrle will be staying with Bayer Leverkusen, according to coach Sascha Lewandowski, after the club rejected a bid in excess of £16 million for the 21-year-old.
The Blues have had a long-running interest in the Germany forward, but Lewandowski is adamant that the Werkself require a player of Schurrle's quality if they are to progress, and voiced his hope that he will be around to help them reach their targets.
"Andre is not the one with something to prove," Lewandowski told Bild. "The fact that he's staying is a positive sign for everyone. We have huge goals, and we want to achieve them with him."
The club's sporting director Rudi Voller added that the offer implied that Schurrle would only get better and that he hoped that would occur together with Leverkusen.
"Such an offer has to be enough of an incentive for him to get even better," he said. "Andre has a four-year contract. We are glad we have him. He still has great potential for development."
Schurrle has already represented Germany on 16 occasions, and has scored seven international goals.