Inter defender Maicon has expressed his desire to join Real Madrid, but says he would not force a move, leaving the ball in the clubs' court as they wrangle over a deal.
The Brazilian was assertive when asked about his future by Radio Globo for the first time since the World Cup.
"The deal is delicate. Before I went to the World Cup I spoke with my agent and Inter. If I go then I will do it with my head high and I would be happy either way.
"With Inter I have a contract until 2014. Madrid? I have already worked with Mourinho and I would like to be coached by him again. I would go to Madrid, but it doesn't depend on me.
"I would like to stay at Inter. I would not be frustrated as the club have given me visibility on the international stage. It depends on the clubs."
Thus far the bureaucratic wheels to a conclusion have been turning slowly as the clubs have failed to agree a transfer fee. Real Madrid offered their €22 million 'ultimatum', but that was thrown back by Inter who now, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, want between €28-30m.
Furthermore, reports claim Maicon wants €7m per annum in wages in Madrid - a demand which is likely to put strain on a club that have made it clear that gone are the days of grandiose spending.
"The club has to measure very closely where it has to be from an economic point of view," said Emilio Butragueno, the Real Madrid director when asked about Maicon.