Borussia Dortmund have told Everton they have no chance of signing Serbian defender Neven Subotic.
The Toffees have been linked with a summer swoop for the highly-rated 20-year-old, who has already made two appearances at international level.
However, Dortmund have now warned any potential suitors that Subotic will not be going anywhere during the transfer window.
"Everton FC can forget about coming up with an offer," Dortmund chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke told Bild.
"We do not think about selling Neven, he is a key part of our future plans."
Subotic joined Dortmund from Mainz last summer and is contracted to the Bundesliga club until June 2013.
He admits he would consider a move to a different league at some point in the future, but not at this stage of his career.
"I am under contract at Borussia Dortmund and I am feeling well being there," said Subotic.
"Mid-term it could become an option to move abroad, but at this period of time a move to another country would be much too early for me.
"I feel there is something good going on at Borussia Dortmund, our team can do a lot next term and I like being part of this."