Denmark international Jores Okore has revealed he rejected an offer to join Chelsea, insisting he was unwilling to move to a club without the guarantee of first team football.
Okore, 20, was a standout for Danish side FC Nordsjaelland in last season's Champions League, with solid performances in the group stage against Chelsea attracting interest from the Blues.
The centre-back, who has also been linked with a move to Manchester United, is happy to bide his time in his home country before securing a move abroad.
"I chose to turn it down [the Chelsea offer] as it did not fit the strategy I have for my future," he told TV2 Denmark. "My biggest wish is to play first-team football and that was not something that was on the cards.
"But I love to play football and I want to play football on a regular basis, so if I keep on impressing and playing then I am certain I can develop my game so I can play for Chelsea in the future."
Despite his refusal to leave Nordsjaelland, Okore has left his future open, admitting he is likely to be tempted away by a big club.
"It was difficult turning down Chelsea, but it would also have been difficult turning down Manchester United," he added. "You have to think about your own future and I am only 20 years old. For me first team football is the priority. In a couple of years we can talk about money, big clubs and regular football there."