Hamburg striker Ruud van Nistelrooy won't be leaving Germany this month, despite the interest of his former club Real Madrid.
Van Nistelrooy, 34, has already expressed his interest in heading back to Spain, but the former PSV and Manchester United striker will not be moving clubs as Hamburg boss Armin Veh has made clear his intention to keep him.
"There is a clear decision of our club: we are not going to let Ruud van Nistelrooy leave,'' Veh told Deutsche Presseagentur."I have respect for him and his point of view, I am aware he is very keen on residing in Madrid after the end of his career.
''I have a huge respect for his intensions and for him as a person, but he is under contract at our club. He is finally in great shape right now and him leaving is a clear no-go for us."
Van Nistelrooy has managed only three Bundesliga goals, as well as a hat-trick against Torgelower in the DFP Pokal in the opening game of the season, this term.