Lassana Diarra has revealed he wants to stay at Portsmouth, reports The News.
The Blues midfielder promised he is happy at Fratton Park in the wake of interest from Manchester City.
Mark Hughes wanted to make Diarra his first signing as City manager, and was prepared to follow that up with an £8m offer.
But Pompey have made it clear they are not willing to consider cashing in on one of their star assets.
Sources close to Diarra say the player believes a move to East-lands would represent a backward step.
And they said he is perfectly happy at Pompey - a club who echo his own ambition and drive after winning the FA Cup and qualifying for the UEFA Cup next season.