Mario Mandzukic is a man whose days at Bayern Munich looked numbered when the impending arrival of Robert Lewandowski was announced in January.
The Croatian striker only moved to the Allianz Arena in the summer of 2012 and has already banged in 46 goals in all competitions during his relatively short time there.
But his Polish counterpart’s capture from Dortmund on a free transfer for next season immediately cast doubt over his future with Die Roten.
That is, even as Bayern have publicly remained insistent Mandzukic is not for sale.
The situation appeared to reach a head last week when sporting director Matthias Sammer announced that interested clubs shouldn’t even bother making a bid.
And now CEO Karl-Heniz Rummenigge has done his fellow board member one better to fully drive Sammer’s point home.
“I spoke with Mandzukic and I know he will stay at Bayern Munich,” he told Sport Bild.
“Mario is a very important player for the club and has a contract until 2016.
“Lewandowski? We are glad for his arrival and at the same time are pleased to carry on with Mandzukic.”
Case closed? It seems so, there’s little else to be said as Rummenigge has conclusively ruled out selling Mandzukic.
Time for Arsenal and Chelsea to fully turn their attention towards other targets - Bayern seem keen only to add to their options up front, rather than replace with the signing of Lewandowski.