Brazilian starlet Adryan has confirmed that he shunned interest from Manchester United before signing a new deal with Flamengo last year.
Sky Sports reports how the 17-year-old midfielder is widely regarded as one of the brightest young prospects in South America, and has attracted plenty of attention from across Europe.
Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson is a known admirer of Adryan's, and tried to bring the talented teenager to Old Trafford last summer.
"Man United did talk to me and showed interest," the teenager told Globo Esporte.
"But I was not interested in moving at that point. Let's see if something adequate comes up in the future."
Whilst Adryan - who has been likened in playing style to Brazilian legend Zico, due to his performances at youth international level - continues to garner interest from a host of top clubs, he insists that he is in no hurry to move across the Atlantic.
"I don't think about going to Europe so quickly," he explained. "Things need to be done step by step."
After tempting Manchester United veteran Paul Scholes out of retirement in January, Ferguson is expected to re-enter the transfer market this summer, as he continues his search for midfield recruits. Whether Adryan is still a potential target, remains to be seen.