Sergio Ramos has revealed that “for a moment I thought about a change of scene” after receiving a firm offer from Manchester United last summer.
United were reportedly given encouragement that the Real Madrid centre-back would be open to a move to the Premier League and he was subsequently linked with a move to Old Trafford in the summer.
United then reportedly offered Ramos a deal worth £150,000 a week, but the 30-year-old turned down the offer and signed a five-year deal at Real Madrid and insisted he never wanted to leave, prompting suggestions he had used United as a pawn in a bid to get an new improved contract at the Bernabeu.
Ramos told Spanish radio programme El Partido de las 12: “There was a firm offer, on paper. For a moment I thought about a change of scene, but Real Madrid was always my priority. I felt disappointed, but not due to economic problems like people said.
“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.”
The Spain defender and former Sevilla man also says he plans to retire at Real Madrid, as long as they club want him.
He added: “While my fans and my club want me, my first thought is to retire here.”