Germany general manager Oliver Bierhoff has insisted that the national team will reject any approach from Bayern Munich for coach Joachim Low.
The 57-year-old has emerged as a target for the Bundesliga champions, who have appointed Jupp Heynckes until the end of the season after the dismissal of Carlo Ancelotti.
Low, who has guided Germany to a perfect World Cup qualification campaign ahead of their final game against Azerbaijan, is under contract until 2020.
But the former Stuttgart coach is believed to be considering his future regardless of how Germany do in Russia next summer. He reportedly has a clause that would allow him to depart following the World Cup.
Bierhoff has admitted that interest in Low is understandable given his impressive record for the national team.
"Everything is possible in football. You cannot exclude anything," he told ARD, quoted by Goal. "Without a doubt, Jogi can manage any team in the world with his qualities. And I think that there is some interest."
But he added: "Joachim has a contract until 2020, and if Bayern come around I will lock them out."
Low has guided Germany to a World Cup victory and reached a European Championship during his time at the helm.
And he has previously hinted at a potential return to club football in the near future.
"It could be tempting for me at one point to work as a club coach abroad," he said in October last year. "I love working with the team, but I know everything in the Bundesliga."