Nice midfielder Nampalys Mendy has said he cannot wait to get started at his new club after turning down Manchester United to pursue his career in Ligue 1.
Mendy, 21, played a key role in helping Monaco win promotion as Ligue 2 champions last season but rejected the chance to stay when his contract expired in June.
That was a blow to Monaco manager Claudio Ranieri, who had compared the France Under-21 international to former Chelsea and Real Madrid midfielder Claude Makelele.
Mendy said it might seem surprising that he would ignore interest from the English Premier League champions, but told L’Equipe: "I think it's the right choice.
"I preferred Nice because the coach spoke to me and I liked it. I didn't hesitate."
The defensive midfielder, who made his debut for Monaco in Ligue 1 three years ago, had previously described Manchester United as his dream club.
But he denied rumours that a deal was in place for him to join David Moyes' side in the future, saying there was "nothing at all" in such speculation.
Mendy has signed a three-year contract with Claude Puel's side, who earned a surprise fourth-placed finish in Ligue 1 last season to qualify for a Europa League play-off.