Daniele De Rossi has snubbed a big-money move to Manchester City by pledging his future to boyhood club Roma.
The Premier League champions were desperate to land the 29-year-old as boss Roberto Mancini has been a long-time admirer of his talent.
The midfielder signed a new five-year deal in February in a bid to end the speculation over his future.
City, though, were relentless in their pursuit and reportedly offered him a £9million-a-year contract to lure him away from the Stadio Olimpico where he has spent his entire career.
But De Rossi refused to turn his back on the club he joined as a youth, forcing City and Mancini to look elsewhere.
"I'm staying here," he told a packed press conference. "I'm happy here and I have never asked to leave.
"People have written all sorts of things, about me, about Mancini. Some of it makes me laugh. Some of it makes me angry.
"I decided to talk today, but it wasn't my intention to talk about an offer from Manchester City.
"One club, the one you all know, made an enquiry. One or two others, but that was just talk.
"What I can promise everyone is that the day I want to leave Roma - whether it is to win the Champions League or make more money - I will say so in public.
"I always told the truth, even when we were talking about money, never hiding anything. For me it's important to say my piece."