Chelsea forward Eden Hazard appeared to dismiss the possibility of a January move to Real Madrid on Thursday.
The 27-year-old, who has spoken of his daily quandary over his future, was speaking at a media conference on national team duty with Belgium, broadcast on Sky Sports News.
It was put to Hazard that to win the Ballon d’Or – as the world’s best player – he would have to play in Spain.
“That’s why I want to go, maybe,” said Hazard, who was smiling.
Asked if that move might happen in January, Hazard said: “No.”
The Sport360 Team is in place bringing you all the latest Real Madrid news on Wednesday.
It might be the international break but there is still plenty going on!
8:00pm – Pellegrini shocked by Ronaldo’s Madrid exit
Real Madrid sit just two points behind current La Liga leaders Sevilla but the Los Blancos have come under increasing fire after failing to score a single goal in their last four games.
Real have struggled to replicate Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals this season and former manager Manuel Pellegrini has expressed his surprise that the club sanctioned his departure to Juventus.
Read what the West Ham boss had to say about Ronaldo’s exit here.
3.30pm – Bale ruled out for Wales
Winger won’t play in fixture against Spain on Thursday.
2pm – Defender reveals Ronaldo admiration
A versatile Real Madrid defender has admitted that he would love CR7 back in the Spanish capital.
1.20pm – News of another injury boost
Vice-captain Marcelo is recovering from his spell on the sidelines.
12.30pm – Morata drop hints over Hazard future
Former Los Blancos striker has his say on speculation Eden Hazard could move to the Bernabeu.
11am – Isco gears up for Los Blancos return
Spanish schemer is stepping up recovery from injury at Valdebebas.
9.30am – Bale fitness boost
The Real Madrid attacker is set to be fit for his country Wales, despite limping off during Los Blancos’ defeat last time out against Alaves.
Ryan Giggs has eased Real Madrid’s fears over Gareth Bale despite ruling the Wales forward out of the friendly with Spain on Thursday.
Bale has been troubled by a groin injury in recent weeks and was forced off in the closing stages of Real’s LaLiga defeat at Alaves on Saturday.
But Wales boss Giggs is still hopeful that Bale will make the Nations League tie away to the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday, and predicted that he would be fit for Real’s next game against Levante.
“Gareth has got a little bit of muscle fatigue and he won’t be involved against Spain,” Giggs said.
“We don’t want to take any risks and we are monitoring it every day. I would say he is 50-50 at the minute for the Ireland game.
“He feels good but we have to weigh up the risk whether he can be part of the game on Tuesday.”
Bale scored three goals in his first four appearances for Real this season.
But the injuries that have become a common theme of his stay in Spain soon struck again, and Giggs said Bale had been scanned in Madrid a few weeks ago.
“We rescanned it and have done everything we can to get as much information,” Giggs said at his pre-match press conference.
“There was a little bit on both scans – but there’s always something.
“We’re treating the symptoms, but it’s nothing to worry about. Either way, I expect him to be fit for Madrid’s next game.
“It’s something of nothing but it’s a short turnaround and we’ll take no chances.
“If he’s available he’s available. The medical team are constantly in dialogue with Madrid like they are with every team.
“When you have niggly injuries it’s maybe at the back of your mind until you’re flying again, but I’m not worried and Gareth isn’t worried.”
Ticket sales for Wales’ first game at the 74,500-capacity Principality Stadium since 2011 have climbed above 50,000.
The roof at the home of Welsh rugby will be closed for the first fixture between Wales and Spain for 33 years.
“They’ve got a new manager (Luis Enrique) and they were very impressive last month against both England and Croatia,” Giggs said.
“To score six goals against the World Cup finalists Croatia is something special and gives the chance for our lads to play against some of the best players in the world.
“Having the roof closed is something again a little bit different for them to experience.
“We’ll also try and give everyone minutes – being mindful of Tuesday.”