Former Juventus winger Douglas Costa who recently completed a switch back to Brazil to join the country’s Serie A club Gremio has revealed that Botafogo were also interested in signing him but he was solely focused on joining his former club. The winger was deemed surplus to requirements at Juventus by Andrea Pirlo and was not allowed another chance to prove himself with the Old Lady.

The Brazilian winger was sent out on loan to German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich as the Italian club tried to offer him a shot at proving himself elsewhere in a bid to help him rediscover his form so he could fight for his place in the team. However, he was not able to find his form at the Allianz Arena and was eventually sent back to Juventus where he was told that he was no longer needed.

After spending months out on loan, his return to Juve did not go as he would have wanted as he no longer found himself an integral part of the squad. After it was confirmed that he would be leaving the Serie A giants, several clubs started showing interest in signing him and started offering him contracts. However, he turned down a couple of offers from different clubs as he was very intent on rejoining his former club, Gremio where he started his career in Brazil.

Gremio’s League rivals Botafogo also made an offer for the winger but he turned down their contract offer while he was still waiting for Gremio to table an offer to Juventus for his services. After joining the club, Costa said he is happy to have returned to his boyhood club even though the process took longer than he expected.

He added that he was only interested in returning to Gremio and had to turn down several contract offers just to make his wish come true.