Bayer Leverkusen will not allow Stefan Kiessling to leave the club in January -- unless he expresses a desire to move on.
Kiessling, 31, has made 300 Bundesliga appearances for Leverkusen since joining from Nurnberg in the summer of 2006, scoring 123 goals in that time, while reaching double figures in five of his nine seasons at the club.
This season, though, the Germany international has completed only six of 14 league games, scoring one goal, and has lost his place in the team to Javier Hernandez.
In recent weeks his agent, Ali Bulut, has reiterated that Kiessling could leave the club in January, saying in November that they would seek talks to "discuss his situation and find a solution" in the winter.
However, speaking to kicker, Leverkusen squad manager Jonas Boldt said that they will not simply just allow the attacker, who has been linked with Liverpool, to leave the club.
"I don't know how pressing his desire to move is," Boldt said. "We won't push Stefan off the field, quite the opposite. We can't just let Stefan go."
But in Bild, Boldt added that should Kiessling, "a man of merit," express his desire to leave the club then "the door is open" for talks.
Bild reports that clubs from England, Germany and the United States are interested in signing Kiessling.