Jean-Michaël Seri was a player linked with Barcelona last summer. At one time, it looked as if he was set to sign, but in the end Barça took a step back and decided not to push through with the deal.
The Nice player has given an interview to France Football in which he made it clear that the whole situation is now in the past.
"I don't really want to remember everything that happened," he said. "There was a difficult period when I was with the national team. The market closed when I was in Gabon.
"I was focused on the games with my national team and when I returned to Nice I left it all to one side. For me, it's all forgotten. I turned the page and thought about the game against Monaco."
The Ivory Coast midfielder admitted that "it affected me, but now I look back with perspective. I focused on what I know, playing football. There was no other solution than to get back playing.
"Anything else wouldn't have served for anything. I admit it wasn't easy. But now there's nothing in my head about all that. I think about the future -- there are a lot of good things to do."
And Seri's clear that he should be respected around the world: "Even though it's Barcelona, I don't want to play second fiddle. I know what I'm capable of on a football pitch and I think I've shown that I have quality.
"If they choose me, I want them to treat me well, to make me a priority, not a complement. That's why my head is focused on football. I dreamed of playing for Barça, but the message was clear. Many would have waited longer. Some would have spoken with the media. For me, a player speaks on the pitch, not in the media.
"Those that speak in the media are mediocre players, who need to be known. On the one side, there was a club for whom I was not a priority, and on the other side, a club that wanted me. It would have been stupid to get angry over a club that didn't want you over one that gives you everything and loves you."