"First of all, I am here to thank and salute everyone," he said at the start of his Press Conference at Roma's Trigoria training ground.
"I am leaving a city and a club after four wonderful years. I am proud to have experienced them and will never forget all this. I have always acted as a real man and would like to be remembered as a good lad."
The Romania international continued: "I thought a long time before accepting Inter's offer, but at the end of the day it was a lifestyle choice. I refused Real Madrid because I didn't want to leave Italy.
"My journey in this country and this League is not yet finished. I chose Inter to go towards what I had always dreamed of. These are trains that pass you by only once in your life and you have to catch them.
"I understand those who insulted me in these last few days. The Giallorossi fans are upset because they really loved me and so it's normal they don't understand my decision.
"I thank them again, though, and will never forget them. I did not take part in yesterday's 80th anniversary celebrations because I would've ruined it. Out of respect for my teammates, I chose to back out."