Werder Bremen have reiterated that Kevin de Bruyne is happy with his choice to take in a loan spell in Germany, rather than England.
De Bruyne signed for Chelsea over the summer but was immediately sent out on a season-long loan.
He had the option to find his feet in the Premier League, but opted to head for the Bundesliga.
Reports have suggested that he has struggled to settle in new surroundings, but Bremen insist the 21-year-old Belgian is fully focused on his football.
"Kevin's identification with Werder Bremen is at 100 per cent," sporting director Klaus Allofs told Kreiszeitung Syke.
"He is still inexperienced in his game and in the things he says. I answer back the critics that say that he is a typical mercenary.
"He did not have to play here. Chelsea did not want to loan to Germany, they rather wanted him to stay in England. Kevin did it out of conviction. We talked to him pretty early - had very long talks.
"We persisted and explained to him what we had in mind. He was fascinated by our ideas. And he now told me again: 'I'm happy that I play for Werder Bremen'."
Meanwhile, Bremen boss Thomas Schaaf has revealed that the club will not be offering terms to trialist Mor Pouye at this juncture.
The 17-year-old, who has previously played in Italy and France, figured in two friendlies in his efforts to earn a deal, but will have to wait and see if a contract materialises in the future.
Schaaf told Weser-Kurier: "We will keep on monitoring on his general progress as a player.
"Mor Pouye is a still a very young player.
"He has a good control of the ball, and a good view for situations. We will definitely monitor him as a potential future signing."