Southampton have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of Wolfsburg’s Diego, after the Brazilian ruled out a potential January move.

The 28-year-old playmaker’s future in the Bundesliga is the subject of much doubt, with his current contract due to expire at the end of the season.

This has prompted rumours of a move before the close of the current transfer window, with the German club thought to be keen to recoup a fee for the player’s services.

Southampton have been linked with the ex-Juventus man, with Mauricio Pochettino believed to see the South American star as a good addition to his high-flying side.

However, Diego says that he will be staying with Wolfsburg until the end of the season, but that he does not know much about his future beyond then:

“I will stay here at least until the end of the season.” He is quoted by talkSPORT.

“He (Klaus Allofs, Wolfsburg’s sporting director) told me that at the end of January or early February a decision will be taken on my future, so I will wait until then and see what the club thinks.”

Diego was once thought of as one of European football’s most promising talents, but a failed stint at Juve saw his career stagnate.

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