New Paris Saint-Germain signing Hatem Ben Arfa reveals he was on the verge of signing for Sevilla before he joined the French champions.
The Spanish club were believed to be leading the race for Ben Arfa's signature before PSG came in at the 11th hour, which the winger has now confirmed.
"It's a long story, but in short I was 10 minutes away from signing for Sevilla," he told reporters.
"Moments before my move to Spain, I spoke with Paris Saint-Germain, who told me to wait, think and that they really wanted me.
"It really was a last-minute thing. I went to Seville and was very close to signing for the club, yet I find myself at Paris Saint-Germain. It's fate, it was written.
"I had the opportunity to speak to [Emery]. It went very well. He already speaks some French, so it's fine."
Many feel this could be the 29-year-old's last chance to live up to the potential he has always promised but so far failed to fulfil in an inconsistent career that has included spells at Lyon, Marseille, Newcastle, Hull City and Nice.