Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl has delivered an emphatic statement over Mahmoud Dahoud’s immediate future.
Dahoud has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool since the summer, though most recently the Reds’ interest was said to have cooled.
Jurgen Klopp is believed to be an admirer of the midfielder’s talents, but his former club, Borussia Dortmund, looked more likely to secure his signature, with a potential swap deal in the works.
But while Dortmund were reported to be preparing to offer Nuri Sahin and £13 million for Dahoud, whose contract expires in 2018, as far as Eberl is concerned, he won’t be leaving Borussia-Park in January.
“There is a zero percent chance that Mahmoud will leave in January,” Eberl explained this week.
“There is no offer for him on the table from any club and we have not had any offers for him in the past either.
“It is the club’s desire to extend his contract. We have not opened talks yet, but that will soon happen.
“We will have to consider our options if he only has one year left on his contract next year, but that is pure speculation at this stage.”
Dahoud has not been a first-team regular for Gladbach so far this season, falling down the pecking order under manager Andre Schubert.
But as one of the Bundesliga’s most promising young talents, they have clearly acknowledged Dahoud is a player worth persevering with, and will hope he extends his deal with the club.
He has so far stalled on agreeing new terms with Gladbach, no doubt swayed by reported interest from Liverpool, Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur.
But Dahoud won’t be leaving for Anfield, the Westfalenstadion or White Hart Lane on the turn of the year, with Eberl convinced his club remain in a strong position regarding his future.
This is unlikely to deter reports linking the Germany U21 star with a move away from Gladbach, but these can certainly be taken with a heavy dose of salt following Eberl’s words.
Klopp’s squad is already well stocked with midfielders, including Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Georginio Wijnaldum and Emre Can, but Dahoud would be an excellent addition for the Reds for both the short and long term.
Liverpool could still move for Dahoud in the future, but a January move now seems highly unlikely.