Raphael Guerreiro has revealed that he rejected the chance to join Barcelona in favour of a move to Borussia Dortmund.
Barcelona were reportedly keen to lure the wing-back away from Lorient ahead of the 2016-17 campaign.
However, Guerreiro opted for a move to the Bundesliga as he felt there would be more first-team opportunities at Signal Iduna Park.
“It was a very difficult decision to say no to Barcelona,” the Portugal international told Canal+.
“But there came a moment where I had to make a decision and Borussia Dortmund’s offer convinced me the most.
“I need to play regularly this season and get minutes under my belt in order to keep developing. And I have been fortunate that things have been going very well for me in Germany.”
The 22-year-old also stated that he rejected the chance to join Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain in 2015 as he felt a move to Parc des Princes would have endangered his place in Portugal’s squad for Euro 2016.
“I received an offer from PSG last year, but I decided to stay at Lorient,” he added.
“I wanted to play as much as possible before the Euros. It was a crucial decision because it allowed me to be part of the Portugal squad that won Euro 2016.
“I am very grateful for Barcelona and PSG’s interest.”