Ligue 1 champions Lyon have completed the capture of Rennes central defender John Mensah for €8.4million (£6.6million).
The Ghana captain claims to have turned down offers to play in the Premier League with the likes of Portsmouth and Wigan linked with his services.
The 25-year-old has signed a five-year contract at Stade Gerland and is looking forward to the challenge of playing for such an illustrious club.
"I had a few offers, mostly from English clubs but I opted for Lyon on the insistence of my agent," explained Mensah.
Mensah is the third Ghanaian in history to play for the club following in the footsteps of Abedi Pele and more recently Michael Essien, now at Chelsea.
"These are major players but I hope to do better than they did," he said.
"It's not going to be easy for me but I'll do my best.
"I'm looking forward to linking up with (manager) Claude Puel, who is one of the best managers in France and has a great future in the game."