Omar Abdulrahman has turned down a loan move to Benfica because he's still hoping to seal a switch to Manchester City.
The Al-Ain playmaker spent two weeks on trial at the Etihad Stadium last year and says the opportunity was "an honour", despite failing to land a deal at the club.
But Abdulrahman is still hopeful of one day moving to the Premier League and it has now been claimed he has even snubbed a move to Portugal.
Portuguese newspaper O Jogo has reported that Benfica approached Al-Ain about a loan move.
The Emirati club were open to the deal but the 21-year-old UAE international decided against it, with a move to England top of his wish list.