Manchester City signing Ilkay Gundogan admits he came close to joining Manchester United in the past.
The Germany international recently joined City on a four-year deal, moving from Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.
He told Sport360: “Maybe last year it was close (to joining United), but not everything happened like I wanted it to.
“Maybe it was not the right moment and at the end we decided to stay and renew my contract, to extend for one more year.
“We always had the conversation with Dortmund and agreed that if I left, I will not leave for free, for zero.
“So I renewed my contract and now this year everyone is lucky and happy how it came to an end.
“I recognised over the last few months that I needed a change, to start from zero, to prove myself again, which is why I’m really happy to be here, to have the chance to work with Guardiola and this wonderful club.”