But despite a number of admirers, the 28-year-old joined Bayern for £28million.
And he has no regrets about his decision.
“It was last summer, and at one point, we thought that is what would happen.
“I liked the opportunity that they had offered me, but eventually it did not happen and I chose to come to Bayern.
“I wanted to come to a team this strong and to a project that is so ambitious. I feel very happy.
“It helped that I knew what the country was like and what the people were like. We are better, me and my wife and my children. Life is good, very calm. We are starting to feel more comfortable.”