Stuttgart star Benjamin Pavard denied he agreed to join Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, though the Frenchman suggested he will leave Germany at the end of the season.
Pavard – contracted until 2021 – was heavily linked with Bayern prior to the transfer window closing after helping France win the World Cup in Russia.
The 22-year-old remains in Stuttgart amid reported interest from Premier League trio Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal.
Discussing the Bayern links, Pavard – on international duty with France for the UEFA Nations League – told L’Equipe : “I did not sign anything at all [with Bayern].
You are the journalists who say that I signed [for Bayern].
“I’m in Stuttgart, I’m fine there. My career plan was to stay one more season in Germany.
“I am in a very big German club, with fantastic fans. This club is a family, that’s what I need and that’s what I like about this club. I’m very good there.
“It’s true that the World Cup came faster than expected, nobody expected it, not even me at the very beginning.”
Pavard made a name for himself with France at the World Cup this summer, with his sensational volley against Argentina voted the World Cup’s goal of the tournament .