Gil Marin, chief executive of Atletico Madrid has said that Lucas Hernandez will not be joining Bayern Munich in January.
Reports before the winter break had claimed that both Atleti and the German club had agreed terms on a deal for the move to happen on January 1st.
It was claimed that Bayern had paid Hernandez’ €80m release clause after citing the 22-year-old as the perfect option to sure up their defence.
A potential move would see Manchester United and Paris Saint Germain miss out after they had been cited with interest.
Hernandez’ claimed exit would leave Diego Simeone with a defensive headache, who has had to deal with multiple injuries this term, relying on utility player Thomas Partey and midfielder Saul Niguez to play in more defensive roles.
But, Marin insists that no move will materialise in the January transfer window.
“We have a very good relationship with Bayern Munich and we’ll meet with them in January to discuss the situation,” he told Goal and Spox. “The player cannot leave in this winter market.
“If the player wants to leave then we’ll speak about it, but for July.”
Hernandez’ proposed move to Bayern would continue a trend set by the Bavarian side, who have signed the likes of Thiago Alcantara, Javi Martinez, Juan Bernat, James Rodriguez and Arjen Robben from La Liga clubs in the past.
Hernandez has featured 15 times for Atleti this season and it remains to be seen if he plays again for the Spanish club.