Returning to training with Valencia after international duty with Germany, central defender Shkodran Mustafi enthused in a press call on Tuesday, via the official club website, that he's possibly in the best form of his career.
"I think I'm with a great team who are at a very high level, I'm getting better with every game. I'm in really good shape physically and mentally, so I think this has been my most important season as a player."
This importance, in terms of the 22-year-old's performances for Valencia, certainly hasn't gone unnoticed elsewhere. Various outlets in England, such as The Star, have suggested Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur have been scouting Mustafi and his team mate Sofiane Feghouli as they ponder the possibility of making approaches for either individually, or even both players.
Local journalists, such as those from Valencian daily SuperDeporte, were therefore keen to hear the thoughts of Mustafi regarding the transfer gossip linking him with Spurs, among other notable clubs.
The German was keen to point out, however, that such speculation isn't at the forefront of his thoughts right now, responding somewhat bluntly: "I can understand that it's interesting for you to ask me about next season, but I think it's the worst time for such questions."
Instead of denying or confirming he's aware of the interest from other clubs, Mustafi underlined: "We've got ten finals left (in La Liga), we have to stay focused on the competition and these are questions for my agent; my father, who deals with these matters."
Valencia have a regional derby against Villarreal this weekend in La Liga, along with the opportunity to strengthen their grip on third position in the table. Three points will go a long way towards helping ensure the team can achieve their goal of qualifying for the Champions League next season. If Tottenham can't offer that, it seems unlikely he'll make a move.