St Etienne captain Blaise Matuidi insists he is happy despite not moving on during the summer transfer window.
The France international was linked with a move to Arsenal, although no official bids were forthcoming from the Emirates.
Matuidi concedes he thought a move would happen at one stage, but is not too down that he stayed in Ligue 1.
The 22-years claims he is happy at St Etienne and is now looking forward to a successful season with Les Verts.
"It wasn't easy. I had contact and at one point I thought a move would happen," he told skysports.com.
"But I didn't move and to be honest it's not the end of the world.
"I'm fine and I'm happy leading this great club. So let's see what happens in the future.
"I want to have a great season here and we'll have to see what the future holds."