City made a bid for the Italian international, only for the midfielder to commit his future to his hometown club.
â€śReal talks never really started and, in reality, we didnâ€™t spend a lot of time listening to offers,â€ť chief operating officer Claudio Fenucci told Sky Sport Italia.
â€śThere was no real conviction from us to do a deal. Before selling him we would have thought long and hard about it.
â€śWe heard what their offer was, but, I repeat, negotiations didnâ€™t begin.â€ť