Aleksandar Kolarov revealed he had the chance to leave Manchester City last summer but believes his decision to stay has been a "victory."
The Serbia international admitted he was considering leaving the Etihad Stadium last year after Gael Clichy established himself as the first-choice left-back under former coach Roberto Mancini, and became a target for Juventus among other clubs.
But Kolarov, 28, has featured more for new manager Manuel Pellegrini, and said the 2013-14 campaign is the best of his four seasons in England.
"Last season, because I wasn't playing regularly, I was thinking maybe it was a good thing for me to move," he told City's official website.
"I had a couple of opportunities but I refused because I didn’t want to go from here. I hadn’t shown the people what I can do.
"Now, this season, I think I have shown what I can do. For me, it is like a victory for myself."
Kolarov has made 37 appearances in all competitions this season, and captained City when they beat Bayern Munich 3-2 in the Allianz Arena in December.
The full-back believes he has proved himself to City fans, adding: "They didn't see me in a real light last season because I didn't play regularly. I was the same player before, but this year I play a lot more."
Kolarov said his confidence never suffered when former manager Roberto Mancini left him on the bench, explaining: "I had a lot of confidence even when I don't play. Even when the coach didn't play me, he can't tell me I don't know how to play football."
Pellerini's side currently trail league leaders Liverpool by four points, but have two games in hand over Brendan Rodgers’ men.