The reported interest of Aston Villa and Newcastle did little to allay fears that the darling of City's defence would be snatched away in the wake of promotion out of the Championship.
"The first I knew of any interest was when my mate text me when I was on holiday saying it had been in the papers," he told the Hull Daily Mail.
"You've met me enough times to know I'm pretty laid back. I just get on with life day to day and enjoy myself. Things like that don't bother me.
"None of that was ever in my mind. I just wanted to get the deal sorted because I wanted to be here.
"It was hard work and quite frustrating at times. I was always eager to get the deal done from my side.
"I would have liked it done sooner than it happened but for whatever reason it took a while."