Brazilian defender Alex has revealed he had wanted to leave Chelsea for the last two months after he completed his move to Paris St Germain.
The 29-year-old was reunited with Chelsea's former coach Carlo Ancelotti after being frozen out by Andre Villas-Boas.
His cut-price move to Ligue 1 represents a shrewd piece of business by the free-spending French club, and the Brazil international jumped at the chance to make a fresh start.
"I spent the last two months watching, and wanting to leave Chelsea and finally we had a conversation and everything went very well between myself and PSG," he said.
"I spent two years with Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea and I'm very happy.
"Every coach has their preference about players they like. The coach Villas-Boas didn't like my way of playing football.
"I stayed on the bench for a lot of games - and I preferred to go to another club. I wrote to the club and asked to leave in January. I want to play. This is part of my life and I like to play."
Alex has claimed league titles in Brazil, Holland and England, which is a record he is very proud of.
However, his appetite for success has not been sated and he is targeting further glory in Paris.
"I am here now at a good club and at a big club," he added. "I've been a champion at every club that I have played at.
"I hope that will be the case here and playing in the Champions League will be great.
"No one has guaranteed me anything. I spoke to Carlo Ancelotti - I was a champion with him at Chelsea and I'll be a champion with him here."