Instead the former Inter Milan star left Barcelona for AC Milan, as he wanted ‘medals not money’.
“I had a couple of talks with City and they had a fantastic project going on but I’m not one of those players who wants to go there and play for money,” he said.
“For me, it’s important to see what kind of future there is, what kind of possibilities there is. For me, the project of City is not now.
“I think in a couple of years they will be a top team but Milan now is at the top and for me, I want to be playing at the top when I’m 29 rather than 32.
“It was not about money. If you are a great player there is money everywhere.”