Germany international defender Jerome Boateng has played down rumours linking him with a move to big-spending Manchester City.
The 21-year-old joined his current club in the summer of 2007 and talks over a new contract have stalled in recent weeks.
Boateng told Kicker: "There have been talks, serious negotiations, but we've not reached a conclusion. We have differing opinions.
"Now I just want to focus on playing. For me it is not about a definite transfer this summer. Hamburg is not a stepping stone club for me.
"Hamburg is a big club with who I owe a lot for helping my career. But I do not want to make a hasty decision.
"I am aware that I'll frequently see my name linked with clubs in the coming months, but I can take it. I am level-headed enough for this."