Nemanja Vidic has insisted he is happy at Manchester United and never thought about leaving the club.
The Serbia defender had been linked with a move away from Old Trafford for several months, with Real Madrid among those thought to be interested.
However, the speculation came to an end during United's recent tour of North America when chief executive David Gill revealed Vidic had agreed a new long-term contract.
Vidic has now spoken about the matter for the first time, saying his heart was always set on remaining with the Red Devils.
"I don't know why people think it was a difficult decision. I always said I am happy here," Vidic said after Wednesday night's 7-1 victory over an Airtricity XI in Dublin to open the new £350million Aviva Stadium.
"I never spoke about my future.
"I know there was all this speculation but I never said I wanted to go. There was nothing new.
"I am very happy to be here."
United completely dominated in Dublin as many of their players returned to action for the first time since the World Cup.
Wayne Rooney did not score but Sir Alex Ferguson was impressed by the striker and is confident he will be completely fit for United's opening Premier League game against Newcastle.
Ferguson feels that with Sunday's Community Shield and an England friendly against Hungary still to play, there is plenty of room for improvement.
The United manager also rebuffed questions about recent pictures that showed Rooney smoking and behaving boisterously on the Manchester streets during the early hours.
"I am not getting into that," said Ferguson. "He has only been training for six days but he impressed me.
"He will need more training before he plays full games but I will have to play him against Chelsea to bring him on in time for the game against Newcastle.
"By that time he would have played an international too, which could be a good thing."