Inter Milan's January signing Danilo D'Ambrosio has revealed he could have been a Chelsea player.
The 25-year-old told Italian website TMW that he even travelled to London with his family, but saw the idea of moving as too much upheaval early in his career.
D'Ambrosio said he was approached by the Blues when he was 16, only to elect for Fiorentina instead.
He stated: "I was 16 years old and Chelsea wanted me. Remember that I went to London with my father. I remember everything, the crazy environment, facilities, fantastic but in the end, in agreement with my family, I decided not to go there."
"There was the fear of not progressing. Of course, I was offered a nice contract, but my parents always told me that money is not everything in life and, furthermore, I did not want to split the family at that time. Thus, both myself and my brother, we went to Florence, without a contract."
This was all at a time at which Jose Mourinho was Chelsea manager, but the Italian's mind was made up.
It did not work out for D'Ambrosio at Fiorentina, dropping down to lower league side Juve Stabia instead, before being picked up by Torino where he made more than 120 appearances and won caps for Italy's under-21 side.
Inter bought him in January to rival Japanese international Yuto Nagatomo for the left wing-back spot in their side, making 11 appearances in the second half of the Serie A season.
Many would have viewed turning down Chelsea's interest as a risk, and in the immediate years after 2006 it appeared it could have been an errant decision, but the way D'Ambrosio's career has since panned out, he will not be regretting it now, regardless of any potential success he could have had with the Blues.
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