Manchester United and Chelsea will be forced to end their pursuit of Marco Reus after he signed a new contract at Borussia Dortmund, despite being heavily tipped to leave, Metro reports.
The 25-year-old was linked with an exit after speculation that a number of teams were ready to trigger his £29.4million release clause at the end of the current season.
However, Reus has now confirmed he is staying with the BVB by signing a new deal, keeping him at the club until 2019 and cancelling his previous buy-out clause that made him such a huge transfer target.
The Bundesliga side’s managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke praised the Germany international’s commitment and loyalty to the club after sealing the deal.
“Marco can shape a new era in Dortmund, just like Uwe Seeler did with Hamburg and like Steven Gerrard has with Liverpool,” he said.
“The fact Marco has made this decision in the middle of a sporting crisis for BVB shows a high level of loyalty, of which we are very proud.”
Dortmund have been struggling to perform so far this season as they sit 16th in the league, with only a point separating them from VfB Stuttgart in last place.