Spanish defender Alejandro Galvez said he was in discussions with Borussia Dortmund before opting to join Bundesliga rivals Werder Bremen.
After two years at Rayo Vallecano, free agent Galvez signed a three-year deal with Werder at the end of the 2013-14 season.
Galvez was reportedly attracting interesting from several European clubs, including Manchester United, and has now confirmed he came close to a deal with Dortmund until they opted against matching his release clause.
"We met in a hotel and talked about a change," the 25-year-old, who made 26 La Liga appearances last season and scored two goals, told Bild.
"I had an exit clause of €4million but Dortmund did not want to pay for it. Then they decided to [go for Greece international] Sokratis Papastathopoulos."
Galvez added: "It would have been a good option, but I knew that a new one would come along. Werder is a new option."