Chilean starlet Eduardo Vargas has revealed he snubbed the chance to join Chelsea in favour of a move to Napoli.
The 22-year-old forward left Universidad de Chile, as expected, at the start of the year, with several clubs from across Europe reportedly interested in the nine-cap international.
And, whilst the Blues were in the running to take the player away from Estadio Nacional, Vargas admits that Napoli were the club which chased his signature hardest in recent weeks.
"There were many clubs that wanted me, including Chelsea," said Vargas.
"But I decided to come to Napoli because they are the side that made the most effort to get me in January.
"Naples is a beautiful city and the team is strong. I'm happy to be here as this is the most important stage of my career."
The player's comments appear to match those of his agent, who stated earlier in the week that his client would have been 'proud' to join the Blues on a higher-wage at Stamford Bridge than his deal in Italy.
However, Serie 'A' was judged to be the best option, with Vargas hoping to improve his own game whilst at the Stadio San Paolo.
"An agent must know what the best destination for his client is. The choice must not be dictated only by economic reasons or the club's coat of arms but also by the possibility to grow and show qualities," said Cristian Ogalde.
"The interest of Chelsea? We would have been proud of his move to the Blues and we certainly would have got a higher wage, but Napoli was the best solution for everyone. The club were determined and showed us that they strongly believe in the potential of the boy."
Andre Villas-Boas will get to take a closer look at the player in February, when the two clubs go head-to-head in the Champions League last 16.