Ante Rebic snubbed the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham to sign fresh terms at Eintracht Frankfurt this summer, but has offered transfer hope to his many suitors for 2019.
After starring for Croatia as they made their way to the 2018 World Cup final, the 25-year-old became a much sought-after talent.
United and Spurs were reported to be keen on taking him to the Premier League, while Sevilla wanted him in La Liga and Bayern Munich were eyeing up an extended stay in the Bundesliga.
Rebic did ultimately decide to remain in Germany, but there was no move to be made as he committed to a new four-year contract with Eintracht.
He is happy with that decision but admits that a switch could still happen in the near future, telling GBP Sports : “I didn’t want to go anywhere. I feel great in Frankfurt, am playing well and I’m happy.
“There were a lot of offers this summer but Eintracht showed how much they appreciate me.
“They offered me a new contract, I signed it, although they always knew that I would.
“There’s enough time in my career to make a move, perhaps as soon as next summer.”
Eintracht took up an option to purchase Rebic from Fiorentina at the end of a loan spell in 2017-18.
He impressed during that campaign under the guidance of Niko Kovac, with DFB Pokal glory secured along the way.
A fellow Croat is now in charge of German champions Bayern, but Rebic insists he feels just as valued now that Adi Hutter has taken the reins in Frankfurt.
He added: “I have a good relationship with new coach Hutter, he seems like a nice guy and, for sure, he is a good coach.
“My life without Niko Kovac? I don’t have a problem with that and I wish him all the best at Bayern.”
While Rebic’s focus is locked very much on the present, the events of the recent past continue to conjure up fond memories.
Croatia won a host of admirers with their efforts on Russian soil over the summer, with the performances of national talisman Luka Modric earning him the Golden Ball and FIFA Best Award.
“Luka really deserved it, with his work, approach and ultimately his displays,” Rebic said of countryman he holds in the highest regard.
“He won the Champions League with Real Madrid, took Croatia to another place in the world game, but he remains the same person and I’m very happy for him.
“He deserved these individual awards and we can all be proud that we have the honour to play with the best footballers in the world while with the national team.”