Alan Dzagoev has revealed he rejected the chance to join Chelsea despite Roman Abramovic's attempts to recruit him.
The CSKA Moscow legend played in a trial game with Chelsea during the earlier days of his career.
Avram Grant was in charge of the Blues at the time and was not convinced by the Russian midfielder.
CSKA Moscow legend Alan Dzagoev has revealed he rejected the chance to join Chelsea
But Chelsea chairman Abramovic informed his fellow countryman Dzagoev that the club would sign him regardless of Grant's wishes.
'It's true that Abramovich told us if we want to go to England, we just need to tell him,' Dzagoev told Sport Express, as reported by The Sun.
'But at the time, the situation was a very confusing one for me. So, I decided to stay with the club.'
Dzagoev, 29, opted to remain in Moscow where he's been since 2008 and has gone on to make over 300 appearances for the club.
The midfielder has also won 59 caps for Russia, scoring nine times and was part of their 2018 World Cup squad that reached the quarter-finals.
At different stages of his career, Dzagoev had been linked with both Tottenham and Arsenal too, but insisted that he was never approached by either club.
Roman Abramovich told Dzagoev Chelsea would sign him despite Avram Grant not wanting to