Simon Kjaer looks set to start the 2012/13 campaign with Wolfsburg, with the Bundesliga outfit having failed to find a buyer for the centre-half.
The Denmark international was expected to be on his way out of the club this summer after suffering a falling out with coach Felix Magath.
Kjaer spent last season on loan at Serie A side Roma as a result of the rocky working relationship.
The former Palermo defender had hoped to see that agreement made permanent, offering him a route back to Italy.
No move has materialised, though, and a number of other clubs said to be keen on Kjaer have yet to make a formal approach.
That means the 23-year-old will start the season with Wolfsburg, with Magath hinting that he is prepared to put past differences to one side and start afresh.
"We wanted to do something but the market is not in our favour at the moment, so nothing will happen," he told Wolfsburger Allgemeine.
"I have spoken with Simon and told him to adapt to the situation.
"Simon is a talented player with a lot of different qualities and I don't see why he couldn't be successful here if he does well."