Samir Nasri claims he always favoured going to Manchester City ahead of derby rivals United.
The ex-Arsenal star was linked with 19-time champions United before finally sealing a switch to the big-spending Blues this week.
Before making the move the 24-year-old French midfielder spoke to former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira, now City's football development executive after finishing his career with the Blues last season.
And although Sir Alex Ferguson never made an official bid for Nasri, he insists that even if the United boss had thrown his hat into the ring, the ambitious Blues were his first choice.
"I did not see myself leaving England," he said. "The question arose of whether to go to United or City.
"But I prefer to make history with a club, rather than be just one player among the rest. I spoke with Patrick Vieira at City - they are the club of the future.
"My transfer has been a real saga. It's a huge relief to have finally signed and I am very happy."
City ended their 35-year wait for a major trophy by winning last season's FA Cup and will be competing in the UEFA Champions League for the first time this season.