Borussia Dortmund star, Mats Hummels, says he will not be joining Barcelona.
The Blaugrana are in desperate need of a world class central defender, and the rumour mill has linked them to Hummels.
The 24-year-old former Bayern Munich junior has been superb for Dortmund for the past few seasons, and even though he is prone to the occasional lapse in concentration, he has been a key player in his team's development as a European force.
Hummels once said that he would only consider leaving Dortmund for a club of Barca’s ilk, but ahead of the Champions League final against Bayern, he insists that rumours of a move to the Camp Nou are wide of the mark.
“I don’t think it is my job to quash rumours made up by other people,” he told kicker.
“If, in the future, there should be some truth to those things, I will say so. And when I now maintain that there is nothing to these rumours, people should believe me.
“I have not had any contact with Barcelona or any other club.”
Having nipped the speculation that he will quit Dortmund in the bud, Hummels has now turned his attentions to the club’s Wembley showdown with Bayern on Saturday.
Dortmund beat Bayern to the Bundesliga title for two seasons in row, but this time around the Bavarian giants were imperious as they romped to glory.
Hummels and his team-mates have been unable to beat Bayern in four contests this season, and so he knows that while the best moment of their careers is within touching distance, they have a major task at hand to grab it.
“We can only become heroes in the actual meaning of the word when we complete our task,” he said.
“We have come pretty close to it with this Champions League season, though, looking back at the many unbelievable moments on our road to Wembley.”