Sweden international Zlatan Ibrahimovic has indicated that he had the chance to move to Manchester City before eventually opting to join AC Milan.
Ibrahimovic moved to the San Siro on loan with a view to a permanent switch after enduring a disappointing season with Barcelona following last summer's transfer from Inter Milan.
City have splashed the cash on the likes of Mario Balotelli, Yaya Toure and James Milner this summer but missed out on Ibrahimovic, who said: "City must fight Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal - sides which took years to build.
"City are still a side for the future. I chose Milan because they are a team that can win prizes now. City can wait for the future but I can't."
Ibrahimovic has also revealed that he had to leave the Camp Nou after falling out with coach Pep Guardiola.
"The problems began in March. I asked for an explanation, but he did not give it to me," he added. "I couldn't take it. I had no choice but to find a new place of work and I was lucky to go to a club like Milan.
"I will soon be 29 years old and cannot afford to lose a year sitting on the bench and watching the weather. I saw what happened last season with Thierry Henry."