Taye Taiwo is convinced he made the right decision to join AC Milan over Real Madrid and plans to stay at the San Siro for many years.
The Nigerian left-back, 26, had reportedly attracted the attention of several clubs whilst at Marseille last season.
Real were thought to be interested but Taiwo insists he had no hesitation in choosing to come to Milan.
He is enjoying his time at the Rossoneri, even though they have not made a great start to the new season, and hopes to enjoy a successful career with the club.
"Regrets for not having gone to Real Madrid? No, I'm on a winning team in the league of my dreams," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"I'm sorry for Real, but I'm sure I made the right choice. With all the champions we have in this team, coach (Massimiliano) Allegri could always stay sat twiddling his thumbs.
"I want to repay the faith that Milan gave me and I'll make it because I am a hard worker.
"My goal is to stay here for many years, because I have a winning mentality."
Most difficult league
Taiwo believes Italian football is more challenging than any other country, and says Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi might struggle to be so prolific in Serie A.
"Italian football is the most difficult in Europe," he explained. "The tactics are exaggerated and to score a goal you have to work ten times harder than the rest of Europe.
"In France it is a more physical football but easier and also in Spain it is easier.
"It's easy to enhance Messi who scores five goals per game, but I'd like to see him in Italy."