Fredy Guarin insists that he did not want to leave Inter Milan in January.

Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin has insisted that he did not want to leave the club in January.

The 27-year-old was heavily linked with a move away from the San Siro during the transfer window, with both Chelsea and Juventus reported to be keen on him.

Italian champions Juve came close to signing the Colombia international in a deal that would have seen striker Mirko Vucinic go in the opposite direction, but that was eventually called off.

Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio also confirmed in early January that Chelsea did make an enquiry for the former Porto star, who signed a new contract at the Nerazzurri that will see him remain with them until June 2017.

Guarin has gone on record to state that he did not want to leave Inter, and that he was put on the transfer list without being informed.

The former Saint-Etienne midfielder has now reiterated that he did not want to leave Inter in January and is confident that the fans still love him as much as they did before.

“Have I burned any bridges with the fans? Not at all,” he told Caracol Radio.

“When you act sincerely and with honesty, people understand everything. The fans knew it wasn’t my decision to leave and today I can still say that they are on my side.”

But has he burned the bridges with his club, and specifically president Erick Thohir?

Guarin remains an important part of coach Walter Mazzarri’s set-up and despite his new long-term contract, there are no guarantees that Inter will not try to sell him again if a big-money offer was to come in.

Perhaps this time Chelsea will get their man.

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