Vedad Ibisevic has launched a scathing attack on the media after a recent interview of his was published. An interview he claims never happened.
This summer West ham were one of many club's believed to be after the signature of VfB Stuttgart striker Vedad Ibisevic. The Bosnian, who scored for his country last week, was reportedly the subject of an unsuccessful £7 million bid from The Hammers in July - as Sam Allardyce looked to bolster his front-line.
He was also targeted by Turkish outfit Trabzonspor.
But he seemed to give hop to those teams still interested in the 30-year-old goal-getter with these reported quotes at the weekend.
He was believed to have said:
“I stayed but you never know, if a good offer comes in, I may leave. Vahid Halilhodzic and Trabzonspor contacted me and offered me great conditions. West Ham also wanted me, but Stuttgart did not want to sell this summer. The club had made some changes and the goal is a mid-table position. I have bigger ambitions so that is why I may yet leave.”
That gave teams hope in their pursuit of the striker, who has scored an impressive 47 goals in 95 games for the Bundesliga outfit.
But he has now denied that this interview ever even took place. He took to his official Facebook account to post this statement regarding the recent interview, and seemingly ruling out an exit from Stuttgart - where he claimed he 'loves to play'.
"I would like to take this opportunity to comment on this fictional interview with me. I never said that I have higher standards than my club VfB Stuttgart and I want to get away. This is simply a lie.So I come publicly, just not on.
"But what surprised me was that it was written at all. The media, particularly in Stuttgart just want a to paint a false picture of me and looking for ways to write as negative of me as possible. So I am not like to show it you.
"But people unfortunately believe in what they see. I had offers, but I stayed in Stuttgart because I love to play here. I am a professional who will always do my best for the club and I will always be that way!"
So it would seem Ibisevic is happy with his decision to stay with Stuttgart and that for the foreseeable that will remain the case.