Former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has rejected the chance to join Liverpool on loan for the rest of the season, in favour of staying at Inter Milan.
According to reports in Italy - as cited by The Independent - the Serbian stopper is determined to stay and fight for his place in Roberto Mancini's side after a difficult first six months at the San Siro.
Vidic penned a three-year contract with the Serie 'A' giants upon the expiry of his Old Trafford contract last summer, but after struggling to adapt to the style of football in Italy there have already been suggestions he could make a swift exit.
The 33-year-old returned to Mancini's starting line-up for the first time since November 9 for Sunday's 3-1 victory over Genoa and celebrated his recall with a well-taken goal in the final minutes of the match, heading in from a corner to secure all three points after Armando Izzo had pulled a goal back for the visitors late-on following first-half strikes from Rodrigo Palacio and Mauro Icardi.
The result extends Inter's unbeaten run to four league games and moves them up to ninth in the table, providing reason for both individual and collective optimism heading into the New Year.
News of Vidic's perceived renascence will come as a blow to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers who had hoped to strengthen his backline at Anfield with the surprise acquisition of the ex-Red Devils skipper in the mid-season window.
His prospective switch to Merseyside would certainly cause a stir given his Manchester United connections, but supporters at the Theatre of Dreams will be pleased to hear that Vidic has turned down advances from their Premier League rivals.
The latest development will almost certainly force Rodgers to consider alternative transfer options as he looks to improve Liverpool's fortunes after a disappointing first half of the 2014/15 campaign.
The Reds are currently languishing in eighth place in the Premier League table with 32 points from 21 games, a whopping 17 points behind leaders Chelsea and five points adrift of the Champions League places.