Jovetic confirms City snub
Montenegrin rejected Man City and Juventus
By Simone Bargellini & Graeme Bailey. Last Updated: September 12, 2012 10:14am
Stevan Jovetic: Happy to stay in Florence
Fiorentina star Stevan Jovetic has confirmed that he turned down the chance to join Manchester City this summer.
The Montenegrin forward was also chased by Italian champions Juventus but he stayed loyal to the Viola.
The 22-year-old is one of the most sought after players in Europe, but he insists he has no intentions of turning his back on the Florence outfit.
Asked about City, he told Gazzetta dello Sport: "I stopped those negotiations.
"When Manchester City came forward with strength, I had already decided to stay in Florence.
"Am I happy to still be here? Absolutely and I have no regrets.
"The objective here is to get back into Europe and I won't leave here until this club is competing at the levels it should be."
Jovetic insists that he never felt as if he was about to leave the club, despite Juventus also making a move and claims he would never turn his back on them and join one of their biggest rivals.
Juve and Fiorentina have had a huge rivalry since Roberto Baggio's bitter departure to Turin in 1990.
"I never felt a long way away from Fiorentina, but I did feel that my future was in the balance," he added.
"When so many rumours are flying around, there is always a touch of truth in it.
"I spoke to President Della Valle and he convinced me to stay, but we set off from a good base as I already knew that I would remain.
"Juventus did come after me with some insistence and it is normal to think about it when you hear certain things - the chance to play in the Champions League, you have the faith of the club and the fact that you will be placed at the centre of a project.
"However, there was no reason to go to Turin for that as I'm already here. I love this city and this club and that is why I could never betray them by going to Juventus."