Bayern Munich captain Mark van Bommel said today he expects to remain as skipper of the German champions and played down rumours of a transfer to Bundesliga rivals Wolfsburg in January's winter break.
The 33-year-old Dutchman is out of contract next June and speculation is rife here he is set to switch to Wolfsburg, coached by ex-England boss Steve McClaren, to bolster their midfield. But Van Bommel said he does not expect today's Bundesliga match at Stuttgart to be his final German league game for Bayern.
"Anything is possible in football, but it would certainly be something extraordinary if the captain left during the winter break," van Bommel told German daily Die Welt. "I do not have to leave Bayern, I am very happy as captain of the club."
But the Dutchman admitted the decision may be out of his hands with Bayern reported to be set to poach Hoffenheim midfielder Luiz Gustavo during the customary winter break which starts tomorrow.
"If the club says that I must remain here for six months, then I have to stay," he said. "If the club says, we talk about a new contract in the spring, then I can't do anything about it. I can't leave without the club's consent."
Traditionally, Bayern only discuss contract extensions with players during the winter break and van Bommel says he expects to sit down with club bosses in the new year.
Before today's final league match of 2010, Bayern were 17 points behind league leaders Dortmund, who lost 1-0 to Frankfurt yesterday, leading van Bommel to question whether the young side can cope with pressure.
"Dortmund will not win every game and we saw last Wednesday in the Europa League (when they drew 2-2 in Seville), when the pressure went on, they did not have an answer," he said.