Marouane Fellaini admitted there were times when he thought his dream transfer to Manchester United would never happen.
Although the Belgium midfielder had been touted as a potential United player for much of the summer, Red Devils boss David Moyes allowed a £23.5million clause in the 25-year-old's contract to expire at the end of July.
As the weeks, days and hours ticked by, with still no successful conclusion to the transfer in sight, Fellaini started to wonder whether he would have to remain at Everton.
It took a dash to the club's Finch Farm training complex in the last hours of the window to break the impasse, leaving Fellaini to rush through a transfer that has seen him become the fourth most expensive player in United history.
"With the chairman at Everton, you never know," he said. "Sometimes I thought there was no chance for me to join Manchester United.
"But I talked with the manager. It was a big opportunity for me to join one of the biggest clubs in the world.
"I know what my objectives are. I want to win trophies. That is why I play football. With Manchester United I have a big chance to win something." And Fellaini has already set his tights on matching the feats of United's most famous players.
"Roy Keane was an aggressive player who could win every ball," he said. "Maybe I can do this as well.
"I can win the ball. I can clear the ball. I can play clean.
"The manager must decide where I play but I want to play defensive midfield.
"In the past they have had Cantona, Keane, Beckham. I hope (I can do it too). I will work hard for this." Fellaini has already made a positive impression on the Barclays Premier League in five seasons at Goodison Park.
Now, though, he has a new set of fans to impress.
"The fee is not my problem," he said.
"Whether it is £25million, £30million, £20million. Expensive or not. In football there is always a situation where some people don't like you or your quality.
"I don't care about this. I just want to play well for the team.
"I already know it is quicker than Everton. They are a great club but Manchester United are a big team.
"But I am happy. I like the intensity. Now I just want to play." ends