Fiorentina star Juan Cuadrado has revealed that he held talks with Manchester United and Barcelona during the summer transfer window.
The Colombian international was strongly linked with a move away from the Serie A club as both the 20-time English champions and the Catalan club were constantly linked with a move in signing the versatile player.
The winger's impressive performance during the World Cup has seen him attract interest from both United and Barcelona. Fiorentina were asking for a transfer fee of £32m for parting ways with their player.
However, Cuadrado admitted that he was very calm about the future and said he is happy to continue with his current employers.
"We had spoken with them [Manchester United and Barcelona] but the truth is that I've always remained calm. I'm happy to stay another season, I'm fine here," Cuadrado said, as quoted by Goal.com.
Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has rejected the player's claims to have made contact. However, the La Liga giant's chief says Luis Enrique's side will continue monitoring Cuadrado this season.
"I've never spoken about Cuadrado. He is a great player with a great CV, who plays Fiorentina, and is a player to watch and to continue to follow. I am very happy with the squad, but I will not compare it with others," Zubizarreta explained.
United on the other hand have signed Angel Di Maria for a British record fee of £59.7m from Real Madrid in the final week of the transfer window.
Meanwhile, Argentina boss Gerardo Martino says the Red Devils' record signing is one of the top five players in the world. The 26-year-old was the star for his national side after scoring a goal and making three assists during their 4-2 friendly victory over Germany.
"Angel Di Maria has demonstrated why he is one of the five best players in the world. I am very satisfied with my team because we had a few players who have not had as much match practice," Martino said.