Lyon stalwart Cris is looking towards a bright future again now that Claude Puel has left the club.
The Brazilian defender admits to having endured a frustrating three years under Lyon's former boss, during which time he saw first-team opportunities dwindle.
He claims he would have been tempted to walk away from the club this summer had Puel not been relieved of his duties and replaced by Remi Garde.
Cris is, however, happy to stay put now that a managerial change has been made and is delighted to have been handed the captain's armband once more.
The 34-year-old told L'Equipe: "The fact that I am still at the club is down to the change in manager. If there hadn't been a change I would have asked to leave. I have wasted three years and I can't get them back.
"The new coach wants key players to contribute, to talk a lot, because there are some things that only players can sort out.
"With Remi there are talks, we communicate a lot, and things have started well.
"It is a new season, a new life, and anything can happen."
Meanwhile, it has been revealed that former boss Puel is seeking around €5million (£4.5m) in compensation after being sacked by Lyon in June.
His lawyer, Guy Reiss, has confirmed that legal action will be taken, with Puel looking for €1million (£895,000) in damages as well as €3.3million (£2.95m) for the final year of his contract.
He said: "Claude Puel's contract clearly states that he is entitled to certain sums of money in the circumstances. That's why we are here.
"I will not allow the club to wait for another year or two to settle this matter, although everyone knows that is exactly what they are after."