Argentina veteran Juan Sebastian Veron claims he has rejected the chance to return to the Barclays Premier League, turning down an offer from Manchester City.
Speculation was rife that new City boss Roberto Mancini, who played alongside Veron for Sampdoria and Lazio and went on to manage the 34-year-old for two years at Inter Milan was set to make an offer to Estudiantes for the midfielder.
But Veron, who has always said he wanted to start and finish his career at the same club, insisted he will see out his playing days at Estudiantes, telling Argentinian radio station La Red: "I talked to Mancini, but it's not possible now."
He added: "It's not about money.
"First comes my family and second it's because I made a decision and I want to respect it.
"This is what I feel and this is the place in which I am comfortable.
"To accept it would be going against my convictions, against myself and against the people.
"I presented the offer to the club directors so they could analyse it. But on my part there wasn't a lot to think about. My response was instant."
Veron's agent also confirmed City's approach, claiming the cash-rich club had offered both Estudiantes and the player £7million apiece.
Miguel Pires told La Red: "Veron told us that Mancini called him and offered him £7million and the same to Estudiantes, for a one-year contract, which would then be repeated in both cases if he continued for 2011 as well at Manchester City."
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