Manchester United and Tottenham target Fredy Guarin never wanted to leave Inter Milan this summer, even after attracting interest from the Premier League.
That's according to the Serie 'A' club's boss Walter Mazzarri, who says that the Colombia international is pleased to still be at the San Siro, and would've snubbed any offers presented to him during the transfer window.
The Daily Star carries quotes from the Italian coach, who insisted he his happy to be able to call upon the 28-year-old midfielder, despite making him available for transfer right up until the September 1 deadline.
However, after nobody met Inter's £20 million asking price, Guarin will now remain in Milan and fight for his place in the team with new arrivals Rene Krhin, Gary Medel and Yann M'Vila.
Walter Mazzarri quotes:
"He's always wanted to stay at Inter and he was on the market because of management choices," Mazzarri told the club's official website.
"However, I'm convinced he's very happy to have remained here and we're very happy to have him."
Man United interest
Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal was heavily linked with a move for Guarin after plans to sign Chilean playmaker Arturo Vidal from Juventus hit the buffers.
However, the Dutchman decided against pursuing the Colombian star, and instead negotiated a deal for versatile Ajax star Daley Blind, who put pen to paper at Old Trafford on deadline day just hours before Guarin's international team-mate Radamel Falcao also joined the club.
Had Guarin known about Falcao's signing earlier he might have changed his stance on a Manchester United move, but now we'll never know after Van Gaal moved on quickly to secure alternative players.
Meanwhile, Tottenham's alleged interest in the South American also petered out towards the end of the window, with Mauricio Pochettino deciding to bring French midfielder Benjamin Stambouli to White Hart Lane from Montpellier in a modest £4.8 million deal.
The Spurs boss had also been courting Morgan Schneiderlin at his former club Southampton, but after failing to reach agreement over a fee for the France international he settled for the lesser known Stambouli.
After the Premier League door seemingly closed for Guarin, a chance to move to Spain with La Liga outfit Valencia presented itself on deadline day, but like all the other rumours concerning the player over the summer nothing materialised.