Lyon star Kim Kallstrom has revealed he was tempted to leave the French club to join Russian giants Rubin Kazan in February.
The Swedish playmaker was the subject of a bid prior to the transfer deadline in Russia but Lyon rejected the advances.
The offer is thought to have been a financially lucrative one for the 29-year-old - the switch would have reportedly tripled his salary - and Kallstrom has admitted a move intrigued him.
"It would surely have been exciting," said the Sweden international.
"It would have been a challenge and they are financially stronger than Lyon."
But with Lyon having beaten APOEL in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League last-16 tie, Kallstrom feels there is still all to play for this season.
"It was not the right timing to leave now," he added.
"We have an interesting spring ahead."