Catania striker Maxi Lopez has admitted to having mixed emotions after coming close to a move to Fiorentina over the summer.
The Argentine forward was widely expected to leave Catania during the transfer window but ended up staying after Fiorentina failed to agree a deal with their Serie A rivals.
Lopez concedes that he was disappointed to miss out on such an exciting career opportunity, but he respects Catania's decision to keep hold of him.
And the 27-year-old is now looking to produce his best form, starting in Sunday's season opener against Siena, to repay the club for everything they have done for him.
"I am happy to stay in this city, after a summer filled with rumours that linked me with clubs from across Italy," said Lopez.
"I am only a bit sad because a great offer for my career as a footballer came in. The choice to stay at Catania belonged to the club, perhaps if I had scored more goals my valuation would have gone up and the club could have made a nice profit.
"Fiorentina were very close but I think negotiations between the two clubs did not go well."
Lopez made an instant impact for Catania after arriving at the club in January 2010, but his first full season with the club last term was less productive.
Having scored eight Serie A goals during the whole campaign, Lopez has vowed to do better this time around.
"Now I only want to score goals with Catania, a transfer will come later," he added. "When I am fine mentally, I perform better.
"Right now I do not feel I am valued by my club to the maximum, but I have stayed and I want make myself available to the coach and help the squad."