Roberto Mancini flirted with up to eight clubs about taking over as manager and boycotting Manchester City’s project, he revealed today.
The Italian took over at the Etihad Stadium from Mark Hughes in 2009 and led the club to their first league title in 44 years last year – after holding talks with Monaco about a possible switch to France.
And after signing a five-year extension with the Blues over the summer, Mancini claims he is happy in Manchester after winning two major trophies and the Community Shield.
"Last year I was very close with seven or eight teams but I prefer to stay here,” said the former Lazio and Inter Milan boss.
"I have worked well here for three years. If someone thinks we didn't do a good job – we won three trophies in two years. I am very happy we worked well.
"Now, the next three or four years will be very important for us."
Mancini has the benefit of a never-ending financial source and has relished in bringing in big-money names to the club in order to pursue success.
And as long as the owners continue to endorse his budget requests, Mancini is happy to stay.
"I signed a contract for the next five years because I believe in this squad, because I can work with serious people like the owner and the chairman,” he added.
"To work with these people is fantastic. In football it is difficult to find people who work well with the manager.
"For me it is a fantastic situation. Now, I think we have time to improve and build a team."
City have brought in former Barcelona chiefs Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain as they attempt to tackle Mancini’s gripes about player signings.
"I am very happy. [Begiristain] has a lot of experience with a top club like Barca.
"If we did well in the last two years, I think we can do better in the future.
"It is very important for this reason. He worked with Barca and won everything with this club.
"He built a fantastic team with Barca and for this reason I think, for us, he will be very important."