Manchester United have been dealt a blow in their ongoing pursuit of Luka Modric after the Croatian midfielder revealed his desire to end his career at Real Madrid, reports the Daily Mail.
The 28-year-old has been heavily linked with a return to the Premier League, following an under-par debut season at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Red Devils boss David Moyes has been credited with an interest in bringing Modric back to England, though a move to Old Trafford looks highly unlikely after the former Tottenham star intimated he plans to hang up his boots in La Liga.
"I have no doubt that the best thing that ever happened to me in football is to play in Madrid," he told Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti.
"Besides being a great club, my family feels amazing in Madrid."
Modric admitted that there are few guarantees in football, but with four years still to run on his current deal at Real Madrid, and having featured heavily - making 10 appearances - in Carlo Ancelotti's first-team plans, he's hopeful of a bright future in Spain.
"Where will I be in four years? Here," he added. "In football it is difficult to plan, but if you ask me, I would like to retire in Madrid. With titles, of course."
Manchester United were first linked with Modric when rumours of his impending exit from White Hart Lane in 2012 began to gather pace, but they will now have to turn their attention to alternative creative midfield targets after the player reiterated his commitment to Real Madrid.