Lille winger Eden Hazard says he came close to a move to Inter Milan in the summer, but confusion over the future of Wesley Sneijder meant the deal fell through.
The Belgian has recently revealed his ambition to leave the Ligue 1 side, alerting a host of clubs to his services.
But the 20-year-old says that despite Arsenal and Liverpool prowling for most of the summer, that he came close to a move to Inter.
"Inter made me an interesting offer in the summer, but there was still some uncertainty regarding the choice of coach and we didn't know whether (Wesley) Sneijder and (Samuel) Eto'o were going to stay," Hazard said.
"But it's not just Inter, Milan [AC] have shown an interest as well. They proposed that I stay at Lille and then sit down for serious talks at the end of the season.
"I feel ready to join a major club. In any case I won't be staying in France."
Manchester United were said to be heavily interested in Sneijder this summer, as they looked to fill the void left by the retiring Paul Scholes.
However, United couldn't agree a deal with the Dutchman and as a result looks to have impacted on the Arsenal and Liverpool's target's move to Inter, to the benefit of the English duo.
Had United agreed a deal, both Arsenal and Liverpool would have missed out on their target, that following his recent comments regarding his future in France, could still make a move to the Premier League.