Reported Liverpool target Sergio Canales has revealed he rejected the opportunity to move to the Barclays Premier League in January.
The 20-year-old has featured just nine times for Real Madrid this season and, hence, was linked with a transfer window move away from the Bernabeu, but ultimately decided to stay.
According to Sportingo, Liverpool were one of the clubs to have been rebuffed in their attempts to sign the Spanish playmaker - who believes remaining in Madrid represents the best option for his future progression.
"During January I had options to move to England, but I want to repay Mourinho and the club's trust in me," the young playmaker told Marca.
"I don't regret moving to Real Madrid and I knew that this first year would be tough. It's not great when I'm not in the squad but I want to show what I can do on the pitch."
Despite allegedly missing out on Canales in January, Liverpool are reportedly exploring the option of bringing him to Anfield during the summer transfer window as they look to bolster their attacking options.
Liverpool are also said to be pursuing Canales' compatriot Bojan Krkic, who himself is on the peripheries of the set-up at Barcelona.
It was initially claimed by Spanish publication Sport that Liverpool were monitoring Bojan and will mull over a considerable offer when the transfer window reopens at the end of the season.
Marca has since claimed that Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli is 'confident' of signing the Bojan - but Barca are reported to only be willing to sanction a season-long loan.