Sergio Ramos has revealed that he turned down a major pay rise in order to remain with Real Madrid amidst interest from Manchester United.
The defender has signed a contract extension with the Spanish giants for the next five seasons when it appeared as though he was on the verge of leaving the Bernabeu.
Ramos alluded to the fact that he had some problems to work out before committing his future to Real Madrid, but insisted that money was never a factor in his decision.
Manchester United are said to have offered him a massive contract worth around €12 million-per-season, while the deal with Madrid is said to be considerably less.
Speaking at a press conference to announce his new contract, the 29-year-old revealed he was offered major money to leave Spain, most likely from Manchester United, but only turned it down after key meetings with club president Florentino Perez.
He is quoted as saying: "I know this contract renewal has taken a while, but my head & heart have always been here so I couldn't be more happy. Money is not motivator for me. I have never said I wanted to leave Madrid, I'm happy here, my dream would be to retire here.
"The financial side was resolved in five minutes. There were other things to resolve that took longer, but thanks to president that was possible. Sincerely, if it was a financial matter I would not have stayed. I could have earned more elsewhere. It's clear that I wasn't comfortable in some ways, but never said I wanted to leave."
Manchester United will now be forced to look elsewhere for a new defensive target, although another man on their list, Nicolas Otamendi, is set to join cross-city rivals Manchester City.
John Stones has been suggested as a possible option but reports this morning claim that boss Louis van Gaal is no longer looking for a defender because there aren't any top quality options available any longer.