Glen Kamara says he’s “definitely” staying at Dundee to help them pick up the wins to put their poor start to the season behind them.
The Finnish international has been the subject of plenty of speculation over the summer with clubs like Swansea and Wolves credited with an interest and Sunderland having made an enquiry over his availability.
With the English transfer window having shut, the number of clubs able to stump up the transfer fee to prise away the Dark Blues’ prize asset has dwindled.
And that’s good news for fans at Dens Park as the team have struggled in recent weeks with Kamara stuck in the treatment room with a troublesome ankle problem.
He said: “I’ll definitely be here at the end of the month, 100%.
“I want to stay and play games, win games and that’s the plan.
“Hopefully, I can help the team do that.
“It’s been difficult sitting on the sidelines – I’ve hated every minute of it watching from the stands!
“Hopefully, I’m back into it soon, I’m feeling fit.”
Kamara made his return to action under testing circumstances.
The midfielder came on seconds after Sofien Moussa’s dismissal with his side a goal down to Ayr United.
And things got even worse as the Honest Men knocked in another two goals to seal their place in the last eight of the Betfred Cup.
Looking back at an abject team display, Kamara was almost lost for words.
He did, though, find these ones: “Where do you start?
“We knew Ayr would be a decent team and have some decent players, they’d be organised and difficult to beat so it wasn’t a surprise.
“All the boys were second best on Saturday. We’ve got to give Ayr some credit but the defeat was down to us. We weren’t at it at all.
“We knew their qualities and had watched them so it wasn’t about under-estimating them.
“We just didn’t create enough and were second best for the whole game.
“It might be a lesson for some of the new guys, the league is tough and you need to be ready every game.
“I don’t even know what to say, to be honest – it’s a hard one to take and we have to pick ourselves up for a big game this weekend at St Johnstone.
“We need three points there.”
Focus turns completely to the league campaign now after the Betfred Cup disappointment and what has now become a huge game at St Johnstone.
The Dark Blues picked up three wins from four against their Tayside rivals last campaign, including a much-needed first victory of the season.
That came in mid-September – this time around Kamara is keen to help the side repeat that 3-2 victory by grabbing a first three points of the season.
He added: “Hopefully we can repeat that.
“We’ll just do our stuff on the training pitches for the week coming up and put our attention now on St Johnstone but we definitely have to look back on the game on Saturday, we can’t just forget about that performance.
“There are always other games and it’s a long season ahead but it’s really hard to go out of the cup like that.
“We’re always after a cup run so it’s a tough one to take.
“We have to pick ourselves up but I know this team is capable of doing that.
“We played some good football in the games before Ayr so we know what we are capable of.
“The results haven’t gone our way, though, and it’s obvious Saturday just wasn’t good enough from us.”