Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has revealed he was close to signing for Manchester United ahead of the 2015/16 season.
The Spain international's contract with Madrid was set to come to an end in August last year, but ultimately penned a new contract that keeps him tied to Los Blancos until 2020.
Ramos admits that the thought of joining the Premier League giants did cross his mind when his future at Bernabeu was uncertain, but was quick to dismiss any rumours linking him to Chelsea next season, adding that he would like to retire at Madrid.
"There was an offer from United," Ramos said in an interview with COPE.
"I considered changing for a while but Real Madrid was always my priority and there were no economic reasons.
"I have not heard about [interest from Chelsea]. Many things have always been said.
"Flattery from big clubs is always good as this is because you are doing well, but if the fans and my club want me, my main thought is to retire here."
The 30-year-old spent his youth career at Sevilla, before joing Real Madrid in 2005, where he enjoyed great success.
He has won 10 major honours with Madrid and is one of La Liga's top-scorering defenders.