Johan Micoud has explained the reasoning behind his move back to former club Bordeaux.
When it became apparent the talented French schemer was to quit Werder Bremen at the close of the past campaign, Paris Saint Germain also emerged as strong suitors.
However, Micoud elected to spurn advances from the capital in order to return to the club in which he made his name earlier in his career.
"There was an opportunity and I have seized it,'' said Micoud.
''Some months ago, I didn't really think about it, even if last winter I wanted to quit Werder.
''There has been interest from PSG, but the first club who asked for information was Bordeaux.
''Time passing by, I have thought Les Girondins could be a beautiful end of my career, bringing my experience for beautiful moments until 2008.
''The transfer was settled quite quickly, so I didn't pay attention to other propositions.
''I wanted to come back to France, especially in that region that I know very well.
''Moreover the club will play Champions League, so that gives me more willing to sign at Bordeaux.
''I have a big desire to bring my experience. That group has a lot of qualities but is still young.
''I want to have fun on the pitch as long as I will remain active.''
The 33-year-old put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal and he is already looking forward to next season, and the UEFA Champions League, while at the same time urging the club to continue their summer spending.
''At Werder I had a lot of fun. I experienced four great seasons,'' he concluded.
''I trust the officials to reinforce the group, but it is not that easy to find solutions.
''Above all we need players that have important experience they can bring to our team."