Werder Bremen midfielder Tim Borowski has denied that money was the main factor in his decision to join Bayern Munich.
Bremen confirmed at the start of the week that Borowski had agreed a deal to move to Bayern in the summer.
Speaking for the first time about the move at Werder's winter training camp in Turkey, the Germany international insisted that he was relishing the chance to play for one of the top clubs in Europe.
"It's not a question of money, but of a new sporting challenge," he told the German press.
"I made my decision early so that I could be open and honest about the whole situation. I didn't want to lie or be hypocritical, but I expect there will be some people who won't understand me."
Borowski claims Jurgen Klinsmann agreeing to become manager had no influence on his decision.
He said: "It is a positive for me, but I didn't know anything about it."
Borowski was also quick to refute rumours that he might be looking to join Bayern this month, saying he would give his all for Bremen until the end of the season:
"I want to win a title with Werder - it's time we did that again," he added.