Teenage midfielder Adrien Rabiot has been banished to the periphery at Paris Saint-Germain and admits that he thought he was going to join Roma in the summer.
The 19-year-old is seen as one of Europe's most exciting talents, yet he has fallen out of favour at PSG after demanding more first-team opportunities and refusing to sign a new deal when they weren't presented.
Rabiot's contract expires in June 2015 and PSG have been left with the choice of either selling him in January or accepting he will leave for free when the season ends.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is said to be determined to snap Rabiot up and has allegedly spoken to the player to try and convince him to join the Gunners.
But Roma have always been firmly in the race for his signature, fighting competition from Italian rivals Juventus.
"I believed it would be. I don't know where it went wrong - it wasn't our fault.
"I'm not scared of competition at PSG - Roma have lots of good midfielders too, they are a very good club and they are in the Champions League."
Arsenal have had a reprieve in their attempts to sign Rabiot and may now be able to pounce in January because they have greater financial resources than Roma.