Jose Mourinho has been dealt his first transfer blow since returning to Chelsea after Luka Modric revealed he has no intention of quitting Real Madrid.
The Sun reports how the £30million midfielder had been identified by Mourinho as one of his priority signings this summer, as he looks to strengthen the Blues squad ahead of the 2013/14 campaign.
However, Chelsea's hopes of luring the 27-year-old to Stamford Bridge have now been dashed after Modric made clear his desire to stay and fight for his first-team place in Spain, with four years still to run on his Real Madrid contract.
"I'm not even thinking about the possibility I could leave Madrid this summer, but there is interest from other clubs," explained the Croatia international.
"Every kid who plays football dreams about playing for Real Madrid. It was the same with me."
Modric admitted that he was sad to see Mourinho leave the Santiago Bernabeu just 12 months after his big-money move from Tottenham Hotspur, but wished the Portuguese tactician all the best for his future in the Premier League, adding that he expects him to bring even more success to west London.
"Of course I was sad when Jose Mourinho left. He was the one who insisted in bringing me to Madrid.
"He is a fantastic coach and I am honoured to have worked with him."
He added: "He really impressed me. It's such a pleasure to play in his team and talk with him about football.
"I wish him all the best in Chelsea. I believe he will use all his knowledge and expertise at Stamford Bridge once again."