£8m Hoffenheim star Roberto Firmino addresses transfer speculation

Rhein-Neckar-Arena - 1899 Hoffenheim

Premier League clubs like Chelsea and Liverpool will have to turn their attentions elsewhere after attacking midfielder verbally commits to Bundesliga club.

Continually-improving 22-year-old Roberto Firmino, who was responsible for 16 goals and 11 assists in the Bundesliga last season, has commented on his immediate future and it does not spell good news for reportedly interested suitors in the Premier League - Chelsea and Liverpool.

The two elite-level clubs have both been linked with making a move for the up-and-coming Brazilian and could have reportedly even secured the player's services for £8 million - a cut-price deal considering the costs involved in recent transfers to England-based teams such as Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez.

However, regardless of whether Hoffenheim would have agreed to a deal for that fee, the player himself has expressed a disinclination to move away from his present employer.

"I think more slowly, step by step, why I stay at Hoffenheim," he is alleged to have said by German publication Kicker, whilst speaking from Hoffenheim's training camp. "The right time to go away is simply not yet come."

He continued: "The coach encourages me very much, but he also calls for much of me. Our style of play fits me. I love this style, it makes me even stronger.

"I want so much more: to run more, more good actions in the game to score more goals."

While many players may be harbouring ambitions of moving to bigger clubs, Firmino desires something else - an international call-up.

"There is still no contact with Dunga, but the Selecao would be a dream."

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Firmino has a good on-pitch understanding with Kevin Volland but it appears he is content to star after learning that the latter will also be remaining at Rhein-Neckar Arena amid interest from other clubs.

Volland had been linked with Arsenal.

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