FC Tokyo striker Yoshinori Muto wants time to consider an offer from Premier League leaders Chelsea after admitting his next club must be somewhere he can win regular first-team football.
Instead of being impressed by the interest from Jose Mourinho's side, the 22-year-old wants to contemplate his future before making a decision over a switch to English football, despite Chelsea's profile as one of the biggest clubs in the world.
"I want to think about it carefully," he said. "Where can I go to develop? A team that suits me, where I can play and develop. I'm thinking about that, and for now, I just want to take my time and think it through."
Muto has scored five goals in six appearances for Tokyo this season and speaking before his recent strike against Sanfrecce Hiroshima, the player hopes to maintain a ratio of a goal-a-game for the remainder of the campaign.
"Four goals in five games is a good start, but I'm not satisfied with that, and I want to improve myself," he added. "If I can get the ratio to more than a goal a game, then I will be able to become a better player, so that's what I'm aiming for."
News of Chelsea's interest in Muto came less than two months after the club confirmed a £200m ($300m), five-year shirt sponsorship agreement with Yokohama Rubber, a deal which is expected to enhance the club's status in Asia.
The signing of Muto would also swell Chelsea's profile in an area dominated by Liverpool and Manchester United and Mourinho explained, when questioned regarding interest in the player, that any deal would be in keeping with a modern-trend in world football.
"I know a little [about Muto]," he said. "[But] I don't think it's nice for me to speak about a player who plays for FC Tokyo. That's modern football, that's modern management. Football is a business, is an industry. You have to think about the financial situation, especially a club like Chelsea that wants always to be under the rules and Financial Fair Play.
"You cannot close completely the door to a little bit of commercial interest. But we are a football club, we want to win matches and trophies and we don't get players if we don't believe the player is a good player or a good prospect. That is for sure. We would never bring a player if the player has no capacity to be in a Chelsea Football Club squad."