Joleon Lescott has insisted he did not move to Manchester City just for the money.
The England defender transferred to Eastlands from Everton during the summer after an acrimonious departure from Goodison Park and a bust-up with manager David Moyes.
The 27-year-old is now part of a City team that have made an excellent start to the Premier League campaign, but Lescott says it was only the promise of success that persuaded him to move.
"Moving to City was one of the best days in my life because it was something I wanted," he said in the Daily Mail.
"It wasn't about the money. I remember hearing that one of the coaches at Everton, someone I'd worked with every day, had said that about me and I thought, 'How can you say that about me when you know me as well as you do?'
"Believe me, I had a great contract at Everton. I didn't need any more. But City represented a chance to achieve real success faster than it was going to happen at Everton.
"At City it's just brilliant, the way the dressing room has gelled. I think it's the sheer sense of excitement among all the lads, this feeling that we can achieve things and not just in the future but straight away.
"You can sense the excitement among the fans, too. They are enjoying watching players like Carlos Tevez and Emmanuel Adebayor as much as I'm enjoying playing and training with them."
Lescott also hit out at claims from Toffees boss Moyes that he engineered a move away from Merseyside and that he let his former team-mates down.
"When he made those comments about me to the media I just couldn't believe it," he added.
"He said my attitude had been poor, that I had let down the boys, and it was so inaccurate."