Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos has said that he never had any doubts that he would make it at the Allianz Arena.
The Germany international was linked with a move away from the club in the summer following the arrivals of Mario Gotze and Thiago Alcantara.
However, he has been an integral part of Pep Guardiola's starting XI this term and was always certain he would keep his place in the team.
"Of course I noticed what was said and there were many people of this opinion," he told TZ.
"But I was always sure and I had some conversations with really important people. Ultimately, though, it depends on what I show on the pitch. And that's why I was relaxed."
Kroos and Gotze have often featured together this term and Kroos is delighted with the impact the former Borussia Dortmund man has made.
"Mario is a fantastic footballer. I told him when he joined that we would have a lot of fun together. And that he would be a success with me and with Bayern," he continued.
Bayern take on Raja Casablanca on Saturday in the Club World Cup final and Kroos says 2013 has been an incredible year from him, despite injury ruling him out of the run-in to the Bavarians' treble.
"It was very positive! We have won everything there was to be won as a team. For me personally, I always played up until the phase of injury," he said.
"I've always had my place in the starting XI. That's why I'm very satisfied."