Motherwell manager Stuart McCall declared it would take something "really special" to take him away from Fir Park after he rejected a move to Sheffield United.

McCall told United on Sunday night he wanted to remain in Scotland after holding talks with the npower League One side over their managerial vacancy. The 48-year-old was believed to be the Blades' first choice but, with their playing budget set to be cut following consecutive play-off failures, McCall opted to stay in Lanarkshire.

The former Scotland midfielder has consistently stated his happiness at Motherwell and turned down the chance to speak to several bigger clubs last season, including Burnley and Blackburn.

Having led Motherwell to the William Hill Scottish Cup final, Champions League qualifiers and third and second-placed finishes in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, McCall was inevitably going to be earmarked by clubs in England.

Many fans assumed he would take the chance to return to the club where he finished his playing career and started coaching, but McCall's ties to Motherwell proved stronger.

McCall, who signed a new two-year contract in March, said in a statement: "It has been a really difficult last few days. As most people probably know, I spent five great years at Sheffield United. I was grateful to the board for allowing me to speak to them but I went with an open mind. I had no desire to leave Motherwell after enjoying two-and-a-half great years at the club.

"There is no doubt Sheffield United are a fantastic club but, after careful consideration and deliberation, I am more than happy to continue my current role at Fir Park. I have built up a tremendous feeling for Motherwell, the people who work at the club and the supporters. It would take something really special to tempt me away."

Hibernian's William Hill Scottish Cup final defeat on Sunday means Motherwell go into the third qualifying round of the Europa League, where they could be seeded following their regular European sojourns in recent years.

McCall had already signed midfielder Paul Lawson from Ross County before speaking to Sheffield United and he will continue rebuilding his squad following the confirmed losses of Darren Randolph and Nicky Law.

"Along with the rest of the coaching staff and the board, we will continue preparations for the new season, adding new players to the squad and looking forward to a return to European football in early August," he said.