The left-back joined Forest on a three-year deal last week.
Armand Traore has outlines his motivations for moving to Nottingham Forest whilst speaking to the club's website, but admitted that he missed out on a move to the German Bundesliga before ending up at the City Ground.
Traore became Forest's sixth signing of the summer when he signed a three-year deal at the club on a free transfer last week to bring to an end five years at fellow Championship side Queens Park Rangers.
The 26-year-old is looking to get his career back on track after failing to make a single competitive first-team appearance since April 2015.
The former Senegal international revealed that although he missed out on a transfer to German side Hoffenheim, he was convinced to sign for Forest by the prospect of being part of the project of head coach Philippe Montanier.
Traore told the club's official website: "Over the summer there was a little bit of interest in me from Hoffenheim in Germany but things didn’t work out with that. But once I’d heard that Forest were interested I really wanted to come here and I’m delighted to have signed for such a great club.
"I sat down with the head coach and what he said to me was really appealing and he showed a massive interest in signing me. I’ve got a few friends who play for Rennes where he managed last season and they have only got good things to say about him. I’m really looking forward to playing for him and hopefully we can achieve success together.
"He has refused to let my talent go to waste and wants to get the best out of me and that was a massive factor in me coming here. Once I’d discussed things with him, it was an easy decision for me to sign for Forest."
Traore will be desperate to prove himself to Montanier and make the left-back spot at the City Ground his own after the frustrations he has endured during his career so far.
Even before missing the entirety of last season the French-born star had played just 87 league games for QPR after moving to Loftus Road following his failure to break into the regular first-team picture at Arsenal.
He will now have to compete with the likes of Danny Fox and Daniel Pinillos for the starting left-back spot at Forest this season.