Bayern Munich have now ruled out the prospect of Lukas Podolski leaving the club on loan in January.
Bayern’s general manager Uli Hoeness revealed earlier this week that the club might allow Podolski to spend the rest of season on loan.
The striker is concerned about his place in Germany’s Euro 2008 plans and has been linked with Premier League side Manchester City.
But the club’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says that, after speaking to Podolski, there will be no deal before the close of the transfer window.
“I had a very good conversation with Lukas on this issue and I have told him that he can not leave Bayern because we need him for the future,” said Rummenigge.
Bayern president Franz Beckenbauer also believes it will be beneficial for Podolski to stay and compete with Miroslav Klose and Luca Toni for a starting role.
Beckenbauer told Bild: “Bayern are still in three competitions – the Bundesliga, the Uefa Cup and the DFB Cup.
“The risk to let a striker go seems too great to me. For his personal development, Bayern is also better.
“He came to us very young and is still in the learning phase. The competition with Klose and Toni makes him more mature.”