Manchester United were strongly linked with a move for Roma's Daniele de Rossi in the summer.
The Italian midfielder pledged his future to Roma after talks with new manager Rudi Garcia, and is relieved he did.
Speaking to newspaper Corriere dello Sport, he has made a quite amazing statement.
"Thank goodness I did not go to Manchester otherwise in this time I would have committed suicide ... Had I gone, I would never be able to see a lot of Rome."
Whether the angle of his relief is regarding United's terrible form, or simply that he cannot live without the city he loves, is open to interpretation.
However it hardly bodes well that one of Europe's top midfield players has discussed a move to the Red Devils in such a way.
The Italian has a release clause of €90m written into his contract, signed over a year ago after an approach from Manchester City.
Last month coach Rudi Garcia told France Football.
"Daniele is a great player, and he is Roman. It was explained to me that it was more complicated for him for two years and it was a little bumpy. He envisioned a departure. I told him that his place was here, but I could understand.
"Just this time it was transpired Manchester United contacted the club and the player. Daniele said: 'No, I gave my word, I can not move.' That is class! The mark of a healthy type for which the given word still has value.
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