Chelsea target Neymar has revealed that the club made a big money offer for his services last year, and the Brazil international says he has no regrets over turning it down.
Carlo Ancelotti had made his admiration of the 19-year-old very clear while the Italian was in charge at Stamford Bridge, and after some top-class performances for Santos and Brazil, the Blues were reportedly chasing alongside Barcelona and Real Madrid.
With Brazilians Ramires, Alex and David Luiz already at Stamford Bridge, it was even thought that Chelsea would have the edge over their European rivals to get hold of Neymar. But with Santos trying desperately to hold on to their prized possession, a deal never went through before deadline day.
And while Neymar revealed that he turned down an offer to move to Chelsea, and Barca and Real are now in the front line for a deal, the youngster insists he isn't upset about turning down a contract at Stamford Bridge.
"Last year's proposition from Chelsea? I really have no regret," Neymar told France Football magazine.
"From the moment I decided to remain in my own country [and] I thought it was right.
"Without that decision I would not have won the Copa Libertadores, a title which Santos was waiting almost 50 years for."
Chelsea have since distanced themselves from Neymar, with a bidding war set to ensue between Barca and Real for his signature next summer.
Neymar has spent his entire youth and senior career at Santos, and while he isn't planning on leaving for the time being, the South American has revealed that it is still a dream to play in Europe.
"Obviously I am dreaming to play in Europe. I don't know when but one day I will go," he explained.
"I have always loved Spanish football, but there are other leagues that attract me too, like Italy or England."
And with the hitman insisting in the past that it was a dream to play for Chelsea, the London club can't be counted out of the mix for the future star yet.
Neymar is said to be worth around £50 million, and the starlet just recently signed a contract with current club Santos to keep him there until after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The deal reportedly included a wage rise of 50%, which put him on par with top clubs in England's wage levels.