Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has hinted he is interested in a move to Real Madrid, but poured cold water on the idea he could move to the Bernabeu this summer.
Reports in Spain suggest Madrid president Ramon Calderon, resigned to missing out on Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo, has prepared a big-money offer for the 21-year-old.
But while Fabregas, a product of the Barcelona youth academy, revealed he could move to Madrid in the future, he insists he wants to stay at the Emirates Stadium for the time being.
'I didn't tell Ramon Calderon no,' he told Spanish sports daily Marca. 'I told him that now wasn't the time to go to Madrid. That you are wanted by Madrid, one of the biggest teams in history, is important.'
Fabregas enjoyed a great summer as he helped Spain end their 44-year wait for a trophy at Euro 2008.
Domestically, however, for the third year on the trot, the midfielder ended yet another season empty-handed.
And the young star, who feels he would be certain to lift a trophy should he opt for the Spanish champions, admits another season without any silverware could see him head for the exit door.
'To be four seasons without winning any titles would be too much for me,' Fabregas added. 'Real Madrid are the favourites to win La Liga this year.'
Arsenal's trophy-less season was made even more painful as rivals Manchester United swept all before them at home and in Europe.
Fabregas is in no doubt that the man who made the difference for United would be a big success at the Bernabeu.
'The league and the Champions League that United won this season was because of Cristiano,' he continued. 'At Madrid he would help them win titles.'