Dinamo Moscow coach Dan Petrescu admits he was delighted in preventing Hungarian star Balazs Dzsudzsak from joining Liverpool or Inter Milan in the January transfer window.
The Reds were believed to be considering a move for the 26 year old, who has shone since his move to the Russian side from rivals Anzhi Makchachkala in January 2012, with Brendan Rodgers looking to improve his attacking options.
But Petrescu forced Liverpool's hand over the possible move, and the manager says he is thrilled to have retained a player who cost him €19 million a year ago.
"Balazs is a class player who is very useful for the team and I'm not surprised he is wanted by the top teams, but this is a good place for him to be," he said, according to Sky Sports.
"He's a really outstanding player and many top teams would like him to be in their squad. That's why I wanted him to stay with us."
Despite being disappointed at missing out on a move to England or Italy, Dzsudzsak says he is pleased that he can now concentrate on the task at hand; until the summer at least.
"I did have a good offer that I would have accepted but Dinamo wanted me to stay very much," he explained.
"Now I want to have the best season that I can."