Juventus coach Didier Deschamps claims Chelsea wanted him to take over in 2004 after his Monaco side had knocked the Premiership outfit of the Champions League.
Deschamps, who played for Chelsea in the 1999-00 season, opted to stay in charge at Stade Louis II.
Deschamps is attempting to get Juventus out of Serie B, although has no regrets about his current position.
“I am not a Serie B coach, I am the Juventus coach,” he told French newspaper L’Equipe.
“When the job was proposed to me, there was no possible hesitation. My first contact with them was in 2004, but it was useless to talk about it then. At that time, I also had talks with Chelsea.
“But I was involved with the Monaco project. I believed in it and, moreover, I needed to learn before joining a great club.”
Deschamps admitted he would be interested in coaching the French national team at some point in the future.
“I need daily work at this point. I don’t long for the French team. If I had received an offer while I was a free agent, maybe I would have considered it, but it didn’t happen.
“Of course I would love to coach the French team one day, but I don’t want that yet. What I would appreciate in that job is to play with excellence, to play only to win. I am only attracted to a very high level of football.
“I can’t see myself moving down from the top level. I would prefer not to coach.”