Manchester City boss Mark Hughes has no intention of ending his interest in Everton defender Joleon Lescott despite the war of words which has broken out between the two clubs in recent days.
Hughes has seen two bids for the England defender rejected by the Toffees in recent weeks, while Lescott himself had an official transfer request turned down by manager David Moyes this week.
Moyes hit out at Hughes on Friday after accusing the big-spending Eastlands clubs of 'turning the head' of the former Wolves defender.
But despite upsetting the Toffees boss with his dogged pursuit, Hughes claims he has no plans of abandoning his interest.
Speaking after Saturday's season-opening 2-0 win at Blackburn Rovers, he declared: "I have said before when a deal has run its course we would be prepared to walk away.
"At this moment in time, we are still to arrive at that position. Our interest is not finished yet.
"The headlines were quite predictable. I am not surprised David feels a bit aggrieved with the situation. You always are when a big club comes along trying to acquire one of your better players.
"You never want them to leave, but we feel we are doing things the right way and through the proper channels."
Meanwhile, Hughes was delighted with the opening-day victory at Ewood Park courtesy of goals from new £25million striker Emmanuel Adebayor and Stephen Ireland.
"This has been historically a difficult place to come but we are delighted," he enthused.
"It was important we made something of a statement as a lot of people were looking at what was going to happen at City today.
"We saw today that there has been a really big shift in terms of our qualities and what we will have to show in standing up to the challenge to make sure we come out on top this season."