Arsenal and Manchester United midfielder target Yann M'Vila is happy he stayed with Rennes during the summer transfer window.
The €20 million-rated French international was linked with a string of clubs across Europe at the start of the season, with Spanish giants Real Madrid also said to be keen on the 21-year-old.
But, in an interview with FourFourTwo magazine, M'Vila revealed that he didn't want to follow the money into England, and is happy playing his football in Ligue 1 at the current time.
"By staying, I'm in control of how I progress. I wouldn't have looked very clever if I was sitting on the bench of a big club and no longer in the national team," he told the magazine when asked about Barclays Premier League interest.
"I don't want to mess around and be a flop. A lot of people at my age would have given priority to the financial aspect and gone abroad.
"I don't want to burn myself straight away. The day I leave is when I'm totally sure in my head. It will be my career, my destiny, my path."
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is known to be an admirer of the 17-cap international, who impressed for Les Bleus against England at Wembley last November.
The Red Devils have been linked with a string of midfielders recently following Paul Scholes' retirement and a string of injuries at Old Trafford, most notably to Manchester United academy graduate Tom Cleverley.
Wesley Sneijder, Nicolas Gaitan and Luka Modric have all been linked to the club of late, but M'Vila would fill a different kind of role for Manchester United as a holding midfielder.
Arsenal is a more likely destination than United though, according to Rennes teammate Kader Mangane at least.
The Senegalese international believes Spanish giants Real Madrid also have a chance of landing the player, who has been earning race reviews in Ligue 1 for several seasons now after making his debut in 2009.
"I don't think he will leave in January but I think he will join Real Madrid or Arsenal next summer," he told Goal.com.
The Gunners were also reported to have made a deadline day bid to bring the player to the Emirates Stadium, but Les Rouges et Noirs held firm over their star player.
Arsene Wenger is a huge fan of the player, whose been scouted on several occasions by Arsenal if reports are to be believed, and a January offer can't be written off entirely despite M'Vila's comments.