Udinese say they will keep hold of Chilean star Alexis Sanchez at least until the summer.
Chelsea were reported to be lining up a January bid for the £25million-rated forward, while Inter were also thought to be interested.
But Udinese’s owner Giampaolo Pozzo is determined not to lose the services of Sanchez and leading scorer Antonio Di Natale just yet.
“We are ‘closed for holidays’ until the end of the season and nothing will happen,” he told Radio Anch’io Lo Sport.
“Sanchez and Di Natale will stay until June. The players know there’s an opportunity for us to do something important and I don’t think that anyone wants to leave the club right now.
“I would like Sanchez to stay for at least another year, he’s still very young. We hope that the (financial) crisis will enable us to delay the release of winning players.”
Di Natale was Serie A’s top scorer last season with 28 league goals and he has netted 15 times during the current campaign.
“He has repeated that he wants to finish his career here,” Pozzo added.
“No-one is imprisoned in Udine – he has remained here because it is a natural choice.”
And although coach Francesco Guidolin admitted Sanchez is destined to leave at some point, he feels he should stay at Udinese a little longer.
“Sanchez deserves to play in a great team but must prove it until the end of the season,” he told RaiDue.
“Almost certainly he will remain with us until June. He was considered an outsider but has improved so much.
“Now I see him more as a playmaker behind the strikers.”