AC Milan forward Jeremy Menez has insisted that it was difficult turning down Manchester United in 2010.
As reported by ESPN, the 27-year-old has admitted that it 'wasn't easy' rejecting then Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
Menez, instead, decided to stay at Serie A outfit Roma, but things didn't quite go to plan for the attacking ace as he departed the club just a year later for French outfit Paris Saint-Germain.
He told La Gazzetta dello Sport: "Saying no to Ferguson wasn't easy. But I was still young and I had to follow my own path. Then when [Vincenzo] Montella came to Roma, it became difficult for everybody. Before he came, I was playing all the time, but he had different ideas.
"I was then a first-team regular in Paris [at Paris Saint-Germain] under Carlo Ancelotti, but [Laurent] Blanc came along and he dropped me. After an operation, I came back and scored, but nothing changed. I accepted his decision, even if it was hard. It was a difficult year, but it helped me grow."
Now, in Milan, he's starting to find his best form again and will be hoping for a successful season in Italy's elite division.
Menez's spectacular goal for Milan went viral last weekend, as he rounded the 'keeper and back-heeled the ball into the back of the net in his side's 5-4 thrilling win over Parma.
And the Frenchman has insisted that he will continue to prove his worth in the attacking area of the pitch because he can't defend.
He continued by saying: "It was purely instinctive -- that's my kind of football. I like to enjoy myself. I don't know how to defend, I can only create chances or dribble past opponents."
Manchester United forwards
It certainly appears unlikely that Menez will make a future move to Manchester United, meanwhile, with Louis van Gaal boasting an array of talent in the forward areas at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils have the likes of Juan Mata, Angel di Maria, Adnan Januzaj and Co. competing for places in the attacking midfield role at the Theatre of Dreams. And all three players will be hoping to start this weekend as Manchester United go in search of back-to-back victories at the King Power Stadium against Leicester City.
Menez, though, will be looking ahead to his side's crunch clash with Italian champions Juventus tomorrow evening at the San Siro.