Mario Gomez has revealed he snubbed interest from Real Madrid in order to join Fiorentina this summer.
The German international was available for transfer after losing his starting shirt in the Bayern Munich side.
“Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti was interested,” the striker told Kicker in an interview. “I was flattered because my whole family are fans of Real Madrid.
“I thanked him for his interest, but I told my agent that I only wanted to go to Florence,” continued the €15.5m Viola signing.
“For me it was clear – I wanted to again keep giving everything properly and not to just play half the games in a top team and obtain many titles.
“I want to play Sunday, Wednesday, Sunday.”