Jerome Boateng turned down moves to Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United in favour of staying at Bayern Munich.
“I had enquiries from PSG and Manchester United,’ Boateng said.
“I did not want just to get away from Bayern, but I was thrilled to try a new challenge.
“I feel well at Bayern. It’s one of the biggest clubs in the world.”
Boateng confirmed that he spoke to United manager Jose Mourinho personally over a potential move.
“I called Jose Mourinho, I told him that his interest was an honor for me and thanked him for trying so hard for me.
“I explained to Jose that it’s difficult to leave Bayern, and if I do, everything has to be in place to top this club.”