Real Madrid full-back Fabio Coentrao claims he turns down a move to Manchester United on deadline day.
The Portuguese international has been frozen out at the Bernabeu and was linked with a move to Tottenham during the summer transfer window as Part of Gareth Bale's switch to Spain.
However reports emerged on the final day of the window that Coentrao was close to sealing a season-long loan move to Manchester United.
It was later confirmed the day after the window shut that the Red Devils failed to get the deal over the line in time.
Now the former Benfica star has twisted the knife following his failed move to Manchester United, claiming he didn't want to go because he is already at a bigger club.
"There was the possibility of joining Manchester United, but I stayed at Real Madrid, and that's what matters," he told Portuguese paper O Jogo.
"It would have been bad if I had to stay despite having the chance to move to a better club, but that didn't happen as I already am at the best club in the world.
"I want to do better than I did last season, although I was at a very high level already. I want to show everyone that I deserve to be at Real Madrid."
Manchester United managed to seal a £27.5 million deal for Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini on deadline day, but reportedly failed with bids for Atheltic Bilbao's Ander Herrera and Real Madrid's Sami Khedira.