Man City's Javi Garcia denies he was fall-back signing
He baulks at suggestions he was targeted by City only after manager Roberto Mancini had failed to land his top targets.
"I knew in June that Roberto Mancini wanted me, but the move couldn't go through because Benfica were pushing for a deal that was in their best interests financially.
"I was worried that I would miss out so I went to speak to the Benfica president with my agent and told him the deal was good for everyone concerned.
"That was the only reason my transfer went through so late - and it probably explains why the City fans have not yet seen the best of me.