Stoke City midfielder Badou Ndiaye has told the Turkish media he was sceptical about a move to the Premier League club.
The Senegal international joined Stoke City in the last transfer window from Galatasaray for a reported £16m.
Speaking to Milliyet, Ndiaye was asked how his transfer to Stoke City came about: “Actually, I didn’t want to go at first. The club wanted me to stay. Then Stoke City made a very good offer to Galatasaray. They club evaluated it, and the transfer took place.”
Ndiaye spent just six months with Galatasaray after signing for the club last summer for €7.5m.
However, it’s always been the dream of the midfielder to play in the Premier League, and subsequently when Stoke City started to show interest last month he was eventually tempted with the move to England.
The midfielder has yet to be on the winning side for his new club after a series of draws, and Stoke face a difficult task when they meet Manchester City on Monday night.
Stoke City are currently in the bottom three, and are in desperate need of victories.