Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has revealed he was close to joining Manchester City earlier this year.
Reports from Bosnia and Herzegovina claims former City manager Roberto Mancini was keen to bring the keeper to the Etihad Stadium.
“As players, we are the last to find out things, probably our agents and club officials find out first without talking to us, then at the latter stage of negotiations they will tell us,” Begovic is quoted by Sarajevo-based newspaper Dnevni Avaz.
“As for Manchester City, when Mancini was on the bench, we were very close to an agreement.
“The transfer was not realised due to several reasons but the main one was the departure of the Italian manager.”
He added: “Could I still move to City? I really don’t know if negotiations between clubs are still ongoing but for me probably the best thing would be to stay at Stoke City until the end of the season as in that way I would be truly ready for World Cup in Brazil.”