Monaco midfielder Nampalys Mendy has been described as the 'next Makelele', and at the weekend reports linked with with signing for Manchester United on a free transfer.
Club nor player, or even agent, had commented on the rumours, until now.
Speaking in French newspaper L'Equipe, Mendy has stated United are likely to remain a dream, but just that.
He said: "This is the club of my dreams, it proves that I did good things, but I want to stay in France. I've already made my choice."
Mendy is currently on holiday in Morocco, and intends to finalise his future upon his return.
L'Equipe claim that their own sources suggest that Mendy has agreed to sign for fellow Ligue One club, Nice, instead even signing a pre-contract agreement with them 'months ago.'
At 20, he does not intend to renew his deal at Monaco but denied it was down to the recent addition of Joao Moutinho, and intention to carry on spending, potentially blocking his development.
He said: "It is not because of the competition. That it does not scare me. Everywhere I go, there will be. And it is not the fault of Ranieri. If there was just him, I would have continued. It's just that many things I disliked in the renegotiation of my contract."
Mendy is a top prospect and would have been a clever addition on a free transfer, but if he did give his word to Nice then it would be unprofessional to go back on it.
United will no doubt however continue to monitor his development as it progresses in Ligue One next season.
United fans, are you fussed? Who would you like to see brought in this summer?
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