Antonio Rudiger made no secret toward the end of the transfer window that a move to Manchester United was something he quite fancied. The Old Trafford club, according to the media, were at that stage still scraping around for a central defender and the 21 year old VFB Stuttgart player fit the bill on several levels.
There had been rumours of Manchester United interest and Rudiger was happy to talk about them, telling SportBild a couple of weeks ago "The enquiry honours me, it makes me proud. But I focus on the VFB, and I will continue to grow. What might happen sometime in the future, I do not know. This is of course a top international address. And they play in the league of which I dream."
Leaving very little doubt to what he wanted.
A transfer didn't happen but Rudiger has plenty of time on his side and is continuing his progression with the Germany national team. The defender came on for Germany after 76 minutes against Argentina and the team didn't concede any goals after he took to the pitch. He didn't manage to get on against Scotland but Rudiger is now an established member of the squad and doesn't look like he's just there for the experience.
There have been comparison to Jerome Boateng because both started as right backs, but Rudiger wants to be his own man, telling Kicker "Of course that's a compliment, but I'm Antonio Rudiger, I can learn a lot from Jerome or from Mats Hummels, but I'm me and will be no copy."
Germany manage Jogi Low is said to be a big fan of the defender and that can only be good for his hopes of making a mark for his country at Euro 2016.
Manchester United were linked with many midfielders during the summer transfer window and in the lead up to it. There must have been more than 15 names linked including Arturo Vidal, Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song, Fredy Guarin, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Enzo Perez, William Carvalho and Paul Pogba.
Things were going so well between Everton and the Belgium football authorities. That's quite something given the national set-up of Belgium has a confidence spilling over into arrogance that everything they say goes. There's also the palpable belief that they have a much better grasp on fitness and injuries than the top clubs who send them the players.
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart had a way to alleviate the boredom at the national team's hotel in Basel this weekend. Swiss newspaper Bild caught the Manchester City player throwing nuts at his national team captain Wayne Rooney, who was stood on his balcony alongside Liverpool's Raheem Sterling.
Jose Mourinho has a certain type of favourite player and it's easy for football fans in England to work that out now. He wants someone completely committed to the cause, someone who would run through a brick wall and rather lose a tooth than see the opposition score.