Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson insists he has no plans to let Nemanja Vidic leave the club.
Speculation about the Serbian's long-term future has emerged in recent weeks, with some reports suggesting he is close to agreeing a summer switch to Real Madrid.
Vidic, 28, joined United from Spartak Moscow in 2006 and has since established himself as one of the world's top central defenders.
And United boss Ferguson is insistent that he has no plans to let one of his prized assets leave.
"Of course we want him to stay," said the Scot.
"He is a great player. One of the best centre-backs in the world.
"Our players are the subject of speculation from time to time. You just have to deal with it."
Vidic is currently sidelined with a nerve problem in his leg and Ferguson cannot yet put a date on his return.
"It is a difficult one," said Ferguson.
"He feels he needs to do a lot of training and has been training for the past 10 days but he doesn't feel ready to take part in games.
"It is something we have to be patient with and that is what we are doing at the moment."