Wesley Sneijder has revealed he was told by Inter Milan that he may be sold to Manchester United, although the Dutchman was happy to stay at the San Siro.
Not a day passed over the summer without speculation linking Sneijder with a move to the Barclays Premier League champions, but the swith never came to fruition.
The 27-year-old, though, says he never had any intention to leave Inter, despite the club considering selling him to United for financial reasons.
"I never wanted to leave Inter. Over the summer they called me and said, I think due to a financial issue, that I could be leaving Italy," Sneijder Gazzetta dello Sport.
"This made me change my ideas a little bit, but once I got to pre-season training everyone made me feel important to this club."
Sneijder was indentified by Sir Alex Ferguson as his No.1 target to replace Paul Scholes after the Old Trafford legend retired in May.
United, though, were unable to agree a fee with Inter, and Ferguson is not expected to renew his interest in the Holland international.