Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic has admitted that he turned down a move to Manchester City and Juventus in the summer transfer window.
The Montenegro international has impressed for club and country over recent seasons, and has been identified as a potential target for a number of leading European clubs.
However, Jovetic has stated that he stopped negotiations with Roberto Mancini’s men due to his desire to stay with the Viola.
“I stopped those negotiations,” he revealed to Gazzetta dello Sport, translated to English by Sky Sports.
“When Manchester City came forward with strength, I had already decided to stay in Florence.
“Am I happy to still be here? Absolutely and I have no regrets.
“The objective here is to get back into Europe and I won’t leave here until this club is competing at the levels it should be.
“I never felt a long way away from Fiorentina, but I did feel that my future was in the balance,” he added.
“When so many rumours are flying around, there is always a touch of truth in it.
“I spoke to President Della Valle and he convinced me to stay, but we set off from a good base as I already knew that I would remain.
“Juventus did come after me with some insistence and it is normal to think about it when you hear certain things – the chance to play in the Champions League, you have the faith of the club and the fact that you will be placed at the centre of a project.
“However, there was no reason to go to Turin for that as I’m already here. I love this city and this club and that is why I could never betray them by going to Juventus,” he concluded.