Manchester United playmaker target Marco Verratti has poured scorn over the idea of joining Real Madrid from Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
The 20-year-old attacking midfielder earned rave reviews in both Ligue 1 and the Champions League last season, impressing at the Parc des Princes under Carlo Ancelotti.
But, despite the former AC Milan boss being heavily tipped to take the managerial position at the Santiago Bernabeu, Verratti has no interest in following his compatriot to the Spanish capital.
His comments hardly give Manchester United the green light for a move though, with the Italian international insisting he’s happy in France and willing to stay at the club.
"I saw that Ancelotti was perhaps going to Real. If this is the case, I'm happy for him because this is a very big club," Verratti told Rai.
"But my future is not tied to that of the coach. I am very happy in Paris and I want to stay at PSG."
Manchester United were first linked with a move for the former Pescara starlet back in May, when Sir Alex Ferguson was at the Old Trafford helm.
Whether David Moyes wishes to follow-up the interest remains to be seen, but the Red Devils could be fighting a losing battle now the player has become settled in the French capital.