The Brazil international was one of the players that PSG chased this summer in order to solve their left-back problem, before eventually settling upon Juan Bernat.
“There was a chance to go to PSG,” he admitted to Globoesporte. “I spoke to Atletico and asked them to let me go, just as they had released Gabi [who moved to Al Sadd] recently. The club said that it wasn’t the same situation, despite similar periods of time remaining on our contracts.
“In my situation there was little time before the window closed and finding a replacement would have been difficult. When they said they did not want me to leave and they set a price that was not going to be paid, I accepted.
“They said that I tried to force a move, but it’s a lie. I’ve got history with Atletico and it made me sad. They tried to make my image worse at the club.”
However, he said that the situation has already been defused.
“I’m in my eighth season with Atletico and I’ve played more than 300 games. I will not tarnish my legacy,” he added.
The Brazilian has enjoyed several notable successes with Atleti, picking up two Europa League titles and the Spanish crown of 2013-14.