Sebastien Loeb has denied any contact with Volkswagen regarding the German firm's much talked about WRC program.
Recent speculation has hinted that Loeb, the World Rally Championship's most successful driver ever, has already engaged in discussions regarding a switch from Citroen to VW for 2012, with salary figures of up to $21m for next season talked about. But the Frenchman flatly denied the rumor.
"No, I have not spoken to VW about next year," said Loeb. "I don't know if I will be driving next year."
Loeb has driven for Citroen since 2001, taking all of his titles and his 63 world rally wins with the French firm. He briefly considered a switch to Ford in 2004, but otherwise he has remained loyal to the Versailles-based manufacturer. Citroen team principal Olivier Quesnel hopes Sebastien Loeb will stay on in the team for another season next year. Loeb's current agreement with Citroen expires at the end of this year.
Quesnel said: "I don't think he knows what he will be doing next year. It's too early for him to decide. He knows, of course, he can stay with Citroen. Maybe he will stop, maybe he will go to endurance racing and maybe he will go to Volkswagen – why not?
"Honestly, I don't know. I can't tell you anything about that, but you can be sure that he doesn't know himself. But, of course, he is always welcome with Citroen."