Real Madrid midfielder Pedro Leon has revealed that Chelsea made an attempt to sign him while under the management of Carlo Ancelotti.
Since joining Madrid from Getafe in 2010, Leon has had a bit part role under manager Jose Mourinho, and was allegedly subject of an enquiry by The Blues.
The Spaniard, now back at Getafe on loan, says he regrets never being given the opportunity to join the Barclays Premier League side.
"Chelsea are one of the biggest clubs in Europe and of course I was excited about the possibility," he said.
"The coach gave me his opinion and told me he would not let me go. He told me I would not play much in London.
"Honestly, my opinion is that Chelsea's coach [then] was Carlo Ancelotti, not him."
Leon was used sparingly last season while at Madrid, making just five starts for the club, and the 24-year-old is disappointed with the way he was treated at the Bernabeu.
"I am not aware of doing anything wrong. I did all I could, I was professional, I worked hard," he added.
"I think that everyone who is under a contract should be treated the same way, but I do not have any reason to complain about the club."
After leaving Leon out of a Champions League tie against Auxerre last season, Mourinho made disparaging comments about the player, stating he wasn't worth the fuss and that his spell for Getafe meant he shouldn't be considered a sure starter for Madrid.
"You talk of Pedro Leon as if he was [Diego] Maradona or [Zinedine] Zidane, but only last month he was playing for Getafe," Mourinho said. "He will play whenever he works like I want him to, and it will be more difficult for him to play when he doesn't."
And Leon says those comments still hurt him.
"The way in which those comments were made hurt me more than the words themselves," he commented.
"There are many ways to say things, you can say whatever you want, but you can do it in many different ways."