Germany striker Mario Gomez has revealed that he turned down an offer to join Real Madrid before signing for Italian side Fiorentina.
Fiorentina paid Bayern Munich €15.5 million ($20.4 million) last month for Gomez, who signed a four-year contract, after scoring 75 goals in 115 Bundesliga games for the Bavarians.
The 28-year-old quit European champions Bayern having spent most of last season on the bench and said his desire for regular first-team football made it an easy decision to turn down Carlo Ancelotti's Real.
"That's why I didn't join any other club," Gomez, who has already scored two goals in his two Serie A matches so far, told German magazine Kicker. "If I had joined Real, I would have just been used off the bench with [France striker Karim] Benzema.
"Ancelotti was interested, that was a honour for me as my whole family are Real fans. I appreciated their interest and told my agent that I wanted to join Fiorentina."
With 25 goals in 59 appearances for Germany, Gomez is vying with Miroslav Klose for the single striker's berth in Friday's 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ qualifier against Austria in Munich.
Klose, 35, is just one short of Gerd Mueller's all-time record for Germany. Mueller scored 68 goals in 62 matches for his country, the last being the winner in the 1974 World Cup final win over Holland.