Wilfried Bony has told Sky Sports that the opportunity to grace the Champions League with Manchester City helped to convince him that a switch to the Etihad Stadium was the right choice.
The Ivorian striker has been a big hit in British football, with a successful spell at Swansea City seeing him become a regular source of Premier League goals.
No player in the top-flight found the target on more occasions in 2014 than Bony, with the burly frontman ending the calendar with 20 efforts to his name.
It is those exploits which caught the eye of the reigning champions, with City spending big once again on a proven marksman.
Bony hopes the deal will prove beneficial to all concerned, with Swansea making a healthy profit on his services and his new employers looking for him to help spark a surge towards domestic and European honours.
The 26-year-old told Sky Sports News HQ: “The chance has come and I thought it was the right time to move. I have played in everything, but not the Champions League. I really want to feel it, to enjoy it and I want to be in the action and not just watch every time on TV. It’s a good motivation for me.”
Bony admits to being aware of interest being shown from other clubs, but claims City’s was the only offer he considered.
He added: “I think so. It was a great offer. I don’t think I should choose the other offers because this one was the best one for me.”
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Bony is currently away on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Ivory Coast so will have to wait for his City bow.
He will be hoping to hit the ground running, though, and provide an immediate return on the sizeable investment made in him.
The former Vitesse Arnhem man will also want to maintain his fine record in front of goal and improve on a strike rate which is already better than one every other game over the course of his career.