Manchester City forward Stevan Jovetic has revealed he could have joined Real Madrid last summer.
The 24-year-old Montenegro international instead signed for City in a £22million deal from Fiorentina in July but has seen his first-team opportunities limited by a persistent calf injury.
He made a goalscoring return to the team in the 5-1 win at Tottenham though, and told the Manchester Evening News that he is fully committed to the City ‘project’.
Back in action: Jovetic celebrates scoring City’s fourth goal in the 5-1 demolition of Spurs
‘There was also Real Madrid, but I chose City,’ revealed the former Partizan Belgrade man.
‘I decided to come here because this is a major project with many players. I should have come here the year before, but I had a nice season with (Vincenzo) Montella and Fiorentina.’
Jovetic has made just nine appearances for City in all competitions this season and rumours have been abound that his absences were due to homesickness rather than injury.
Close call: Jovetic saw a long-range effort well saved by Petr Cech in Monday night’s 1-0 defeat by Chelsea
Pointing the way: The Montenegrin chose City over Real because of their ‘project’
City manager Manuel Pellegrini recently denied this though and Jovetic revealed he is determined to prove his doubters wrong having returned to full fitness.
He added: ‘These four to five months at the beginning were difficult because I was not playing.
‘I never doubted myself, even in the most difficult moments. I knew I could play in this team and now I have to prove it.’