Sunderland target Heiko Westermann has confirmed that he would prefer to stay with Schalke rather than move to England.
Black Cats boss Steve Bruce had expressed his interest in the 26-year-old Germany defender who is currently recovering from a broken foot.
"I don't care whether Sunderland or any other club comes in for me – I want to stay with Schalke," Westermann told Germany's Kicker magazine.
"At the end of the day, we are playing in the Champions League next season and have high expectations.
"A transfer is not even a consideration for me."
On his injury, he added: "It makes no sense predicting when I will be able to train again."
Westermann still has four years left to run on his contract with Schalke, but had been linked with a transfer because of the club's current financial worries.