Manchester United and Chelsea target Fredy Guarin has revealed his delight at signing a new contract with Inter Milan, despite attracting transfer interest from the Premier League.
TalkSPORT reports how the Colombian midfielder was heavily linked with a move to England last summer, but he snubbed the opportunity in order to sign a new deal at the San Siro.
Red Devils boss David Moyes was believed to be keen on bringing Guarin to Old Trafford, and hoped to use want-away striker Javier Hernandez as bait to secure the 27-year-old's signature.
Inter have been mooted as admirers of the Mexico international, but they'll now have to pay cash upfront if they are serious about luring the Red Devils star to Italy, following in the footsteps of Nemanja Vidic, who will arrive in Milan upon the expiry of his contract at the end of the season.
Chelsea, meanwhile had also been monitoring the South American's situation, according to Sky Sports, as Jose Mourinho considered an attempt to take the player to Stamford Bridge.
However, any hopes that Manchester United or Chelsea may have held were effectively dashed when Guarin penned an extension with Inter until 2017.
"I am very happy, it's another dream that has come true," he said. "I am happy to share it with my team-mates and my family.
"Every day that I spend at Inter helps me to gain a lot of experience. Now I have added three more years, and I hope to be able to use this opportunity."