Keisuke Honda has insisted that he has no intention to leave CSKA Moscow for Lazio at this point of his career.
The Japan international was believed to be on his way to the Serie A side in the January transfer window, but the move eventually never materialized.
Lazio has not shown concrete interest in signing the midfielder since January, and Honda has stressed that it needs not bother, as he feels the Italian side is not the right next step for him.
"Right now I can't say anything about a transfer. But in considering what I want in my future, the image I had at 20 is different from the one I have at 26. My end goal hasn't changed. All I can say is that even if Lazio approached me, I wouldn't go," Honda stated to Nikkan.
"Back then [during the January transfer window], Lazio had a shot at qualifying for the Champions League. But they did not get there. In the first half of the year I was 25, now I'm 26. A lot changes in half a year.
"Initially I'd planned on showing off my skills at the World Cup and leaving Russia after half a year, but since then two years have passed.
"It's like running 30 kilometers in a marathon to find out that you're off your pace. If you're running behind, you might look for a different path to take. If I hop on a car the rest of the way, I'll still struggle to reach my goal. If my pace is slow, I have to run faster. And in that respect I won't go to Lazio."
Honda has a contract with CSKA Moscow until December 2013.