Lazio defender Aleksandar Kolarov has admitted to being flattered by reports linking him with a summer switch to Real Madrid.
The Serbia full-back is believed to be high on new Madrid coach Jose Mourinho's wish-list following his arrival in Spain.
But despite admitting his happiness at the link, Kolarov insists he remains focused on Serbia's World Cup campaign.
"I like it that my name appears but, out of respect for my national team and my country, these days I must stay focused on the World Cup," he explained.
"I'm flattered that a team like Real Madrid have thought of me because it is one of the strongest teams in the world.
"It also indicates that I am doing things right and that if I have a good tournament South Africa there will be even more intensive talk of this possibility.
"The club is the dream of every player. I also include myself in that list because I know from history and the following that this club has."