New Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony has revealed the main factor behind his £25million January move from Swansea, and it's not the reported £100,000-a-week pay packet he'll earn.
Bony insists the chance to experience Champions League football made moving to the Premier League champions an easy choice, rather than financial incentives.
The Ivorian Coast marksman explained how City were not the only club interested in acquiring his services, but the chance to test himself against Europe's elite meant was too good to turn down.
City will make room for Bony in Europe
Despite Manuel Pellegrini being forced to name a reduced squad of just 21 players for the Champions League, four down on the standard 25 due to Financial Fair Play sanctions forced upon the club in the summer, Bony is expected to make the revised list before the round of 16 commences next month.
While Bony may have established himself as one of the top marksmen in England over the last 18 months, his place in Pellegrini's European squad is far from guaranteed, but he told the Manchester Evening News: "It’s a good motivation for me.”
Barca tie looms large
Bony's first taste of Champions League football, if he does make the cut, will be a tasty affair as City gearing up to face Barcelona for a place in the quarter finals.
During his time with Vitesse Arnhem and Swansea Bony tasted Europa League football, and he was twice on the score sheet for the Ivory Coast at the 2014 World Cup, but the prospect of no longer having to watch Europe's elite on his TV screen was too good to ignore.
Commenting on his career to date, Bony told the Manchester Evening News: "I have played in everything, but not the Champions League. I really want to feel it, to enjoy it and I want to be in the action and not just watch every time on TV.
"The chance has come and I thought it was the right time to move."
Given his goalscoring exploits since joining Swansea in a club record £12million deal during the summer of 2013, it came as no surprise that City were not the only club after him.
However, he insists he never entertained the idea of moving elsewhere, in part due to the words of his new manager and an international teammate.
"It was a great offer. I don’t think I should choose the other offers because this one was the best one for me," he said.
"He [Pellegrini] told me ‘it’s the next step for you in your career and I think you will enjoy it.
“He said he’d been asking Yaya Toure about me, my character and everything,
and that was also part of the reason for moving to Manchester City.
“And Yaya’s given me plenty of advice too.”
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