Fiorentina goalkeeper Sebastien Frey admits he felt somewhat undermined by the club following the arrival of Artur Boruc.
The 28-year-old was shocked the club made a big-name signing in his position when Boruc arrived from Celtic, a switch which prompted speculation over Frey's future.
However, Poland international Boruc has been unable to displace former Parma player Frey, who has started each of the Viola's six Serie A games this season.
Frey revealed he knew little of the club's plans to bolster competition for the No.1 spot and was subsequently provoked into announcing his desire to stay at the club.
"The attitude of the club during last summer has surprised me," Frey told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"I didn't think that buying a great goalkeeper was the priority market for Fiorentina. I was perplexed by this decision, but it is clear that the company is free to buy who they want.
"I couldn't understand the reason for the 'Frey for sale' rumours. Then I felt the need to clarify to everyone that I wouldn't have moved from Florence.
"Mine is a professional choice and a lifestyle choice. Now we have started to march together seamlessly."
Frey, 30, admits the summer has been one to forget for both club and country.
Having been constantly snubbed by former France boss Raymond Domenech, Frey has also missed out on Laurent Blanc's opening squads, a decision he feels he is owed an explanation for.
Frey revealed: "Blanc is a friend. I didn't claim to be called up, but I think I deserve at least a phone call.
"What's in my future? Another three years in at Fiorentina, trying to win something. The tormented summer I have had has made me stronger."