Burnley defender Dwight McNeil has revealed boss Sean Dyche has told him to ignore any white noise linking him with a transfer to Manchester United.
The young midfielder joined his beloved Red Devils aged just five - but suffered heartache at 14 when the two parted ways.
He says coping with the disappointment has helped him become the player he is today, though he isn't letting talk of a return to Old Trafford distract him.
McNeil, 20, is thought to be on the verge of an England call-up and his signature would cost suitors something close to £35m.
But the shining light of Burnley's season so far has shrugged off speculation.
He said: “The gaffer calls it 'outside noise' and to be honest I don't take any interest in it.
“My dad says it's just rumours. They tell me to concentrate on my football and not to take any notice of it."
He added: “Since I've been at Burnley I've never looked back, really. It was a bit of a difficult conversation when my mum and dad told me the news, but I think as a family we handled it well. I'm just grateful Burnley took me on and gave me an opportunity.
“Everyone has setbacks in life and you just have to deal with them. It was character building in a way.
“I realised I couldn't take anything for granted and from that point on I became more driven and more demanding of myself.
"I wanted to be the player that hopefully I'm starting to become."
The mind Bogles
Burnely continue to be heavily linked with a January move for Derby's Jayden Bogle - but may have to fight off an Italian giant for his signature.
The club are thought to be long-term admirers of the right back as Dyche looks to increase competition in defence.
But the side could face some serious competition after AC Milan reportedly joined the list of clubs interested in the 19-year-old.
Other names linked to a move for the £10m man include Premier League outfits Brighton and Bournemouth.
Bogle has made 66 appearances for the Rams and a January move is thought to be unlikely - unless the right offer comes in.
To the Max
The Clarets have strengthened their youth ranks with the addition of Everton starlet Max Thompson.
A former Manchester United development player, the 17-year-old had spent less than a year with toe Toffees.
But he has now put pen to paper on a 18-month deal following a successful trial at Turf Moor.
The attacker netted twice in a behind closed doors friendly for the Under-23s and also featured for the Under-18s in a league game with Nottingham Forest.
Thompson can play anywhere across the frontline.