"With the benefit of hindsight, he thought it was a mistake and it was fortunate for us that we have not come to a complete agreement," he said.
"We reached the economic agreement inside a half-hour. Our ideas on youth development were the same of ours - and our owner even wanted to discuss a longer contract with him.
"But he wanted a budget of €30 million. He wanted us to compete immediately, which was incompatible with our needs. At that point, we made a choice consistent with our intentions."