Sergio Aguero admits that, had Real Madrid shown an interest in him, he would have moved to Santiago Bernabeu, adding that he had no option but to join Manchester City in 2011.
The Argentina international joined City from Atletico Madrid that summer for a fee in the region of £38 million and scored 23 Premier League goals in his debut season, including the strike against QPR that won the title, but Roberto Mancini's side were seemingly not his first choice.
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At the time of his move, Aguero was linked with many clubs, including what was his preferred option, to stay in the Spanish capital, but was at pains to stress that he feels "comfortable and appreciated" since making the switch to the Etihad Stadium.
Speaking to reporters after his side's 3-2 defeat to the Liga holders on Tuesday, the forward explained: "If Madrid had wanted me, I would be playing here. I had no choice but to sign with Manchester City."
A move to Jose Mourinho's team was mooted in some sections of the media just prior to his signing for Roberto Mancini's men but it was suggested that he was unwilling to join Atletico's arch-rivals as he did not want to betray the club, something he now denies ever saying.
"I never said that I wouldn't play with Real Madrid because I didn't want to betray Atletico," Aguero noted.
The forward took to Twitter afterwards to stress his happiness since joining City despite his interest in Madrid.
He wrote: "Just to make it clear - I'm very happy to be in @MCFC. It's the best decision I could have taken.
"I feel comfortable and appreciated in @MCFC - it's a project I feel involved in. We want more titles and we'll get them!"