James Collins insists he has no intention of leaving West Ham United on a loan basis.
The defender was wanted by his former club Cardiff City, only for The Hammers to reject the loan offer.
In any event, Collins' sole target is reclaiming his place in the West Ham side after a pre-season calf injury hampered his progress.
"I am not interested in a loan at the moment, I want to prove myself at West Ham and win my place back," said Collins.
The Wales international has made just one substitute appearance for West Ham this season, but lasted the full 90 minutes for his country against Germany at the weekend.
Collins was happy just to play in the 2-0 defeat and is now focusing on the challenge of getting his West Ham place back.
He added: "I can do with any minutes on the pitch I can get at the moment, it has been a very unlucky start to the season for me after how well last season finished.
"I was in the side that avoided relegation and just wanted to start this season the way the last one had ended, but I picked up a calf injury right at the beginning of pre-season training and it has held me back.
"It has kept me out of the West Ham team, and now they are playing well at the back it is going to be a fight for me to get myself into the side.
"That is what football is all about, you must enjoy the challenge of such things."