Richard Dunne has admitted that during his lowest point in his Manchester City career he almost left Eastlands for Portsmouth.
After being red carded in City's last game of last season during an 8-1 drubbing at the hands of Middlesbrough, along with then manager Sven Goran Eriksson having already announced that he was leaving, Dunne has revealed he felt the side were going nowhere fast and nearly joined Pompey.
"That was the lowest point," he told The Sun.
"We had just been hammered, the manager - who the players and fans wanted to stay - was leaving and there was simply nothing positive coming out of the club.
"Shortly afterwards the club accepted an offer for me from Portsmouth who had just won the FA Cup and I was ready to go."
But just three months on, City have brought in Mark Hughes as boss, new owner Sheikh Mansour has brought in his millions and announced his arrival with the transfer of the year when they signed Brazilian ace Robinho.
Now 29-year-old Dunne says City's intentions have completely turned around with a new lease of life being breathed into the blue half of Manchester.
"I was back home in Ireland watching the television with eight friends and suddenly it all went crazy," the City skipper said.
"It wasn't just the takeover. The news suddenly flashed up that we had bid for Robinho and we just said 'This is ridiculous'.
"By midnight we had actually signed him and the new owner was really showing his intent."
In his eight years of being in City's back four, Dunne has never been more excited to put on his club's shirt and believes in the future they will be challenging the likes of derby rivals Manchester United for silverware.
"I know we don't have a history of winning trophies like United, Arsenal and Liverpool but I believe that in the next five to 10 years it will be a regular occurrence.
"The quality of players we have coming in, everything has to improve.
"People have been wondering why Robinho would want to sign for us.
"But in three or four years everyone will want to come here."
Dunne also says City have a 'no fear' attitude and it will continue in their next challenge against Wigan and then at home to Liverpool the following Sunday - including a tough Uefa Cup tie against Cypriots Omonia Nicosia in between.
He added: "We now go into matches fearing nobody. We know we're at the start of something big."