Aymeric Laporte, the Athletic Bilbao defender, had the opportunity to join Manchester City in the summer but turned it down.
The Frenchman told RTL: “How did I say no to Pep (Guardiola)? By looking at the pros and cons. I spoke with him for a long time, as well as with my club. I also looked at my family, my entourage.
“It wasn’t too early. It was just pros and cons: amount of time on the pitch, me recovering from injury. These aren’t easy things to think about at my age. In the end, I had to make a choice. I did, and I’m happy.”
Laporte signed a new deal with Bilbao in the summer after the talks died down, which contains a release clause of €65 million for the first two years and then €70million for the next two.
Man City did go on to sign a defender in John Stones, but with Vincent Kompany injured and Eliaquim Mangala out on loan they have used Aleksandar Kolarov as a centre-half at times instead of Nicolas Otamendi.
Laporte, meanwhile, has now recovered from a broken leg sustained just before EURO 2016 and is in the France squad for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers.
The 22-year-old defender started his career in Athletic Bilbao’s youth ranks before moving to Basconia, where he made his senior breakthrough.
Following a spell there, he re-joined Athletic to play for their ‘B team’, before progressing to the senior set-up – he’s since made over 100 appearances and is on the verge of winning his first Les Bleus cap.