Werder Bremen star Per Mertesacker has refuted speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League.
Goal.com exclusively revealed earlier in the week that the German side had placed a £20 million price tag on the defender following interest from Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea.
However, the player has now moved to dismiss talk of a switch to England and insists that he is only concentrating on playing for his club.
Bremen have endured a poor season and are currently 14th in the Bundesliga table and the defender insists he can't afford to be distracted by speculation.
“We are in a difficult moment with Werder and we should not be talking about me at this time," he told the Kreiszeitung newspaper.
"I am needed here for our day-to-day work and it is my duty to concentrate on that.
"I cannot deal with anything else."
Mertesacker is believed to have attracted interest from a number of the Premier League’s top clubs including Manchester United and Chelsea.
Despite the defender's commitment to the club, Goal.com understands that the German side would be prepared to listen to offers for the star in January should they substantially surpass the £20m valuation.
The 26-year-old has maintained that he will not be distracted by suggestions of a move to the Premier League and insisted he is ignoring speculation surrounding his future.
He added: "Like I say, most of it does not even get through to me and I have told my agent that he should leave me in peace."
"In certain situations, players should protect themselves by not losing track of the most important things in their job."