Schalke forward Breel Embolo has told Blick he feels he joined his "perfect club" despite reports Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho tried to sign him in the summer.
When it was put to Embolo in an interview with the Swiss newspaper that his destination was a surprise, he said: "I decided to join Schalke. That's all that counts for me."
Asked about Mourinho calling him when he was negotiating with Leipzig, he replied: "Did he call?"
Pressed on whether he was feigning ignorance, Embolo -- who suffered a season-ending ankle injury in October -- added: "I don't talk about other clubs. I'm happy to be at Schalke."
The reporter suggested a move to Old Trafford would not have suited Embolo, given that even Anthony Martial now finds it difficult to secure first-team football.
Embolo responded: "It was very important for me to take the right step. I gave thought to what suited me the best and the end result was that Schalke are the perfect club for me. The emotions, the battles.
"[The thoughts] accompanied me also to hospital when I had a bad night. I said to myself then: 'Now you've got to fight back.' Since then, I've not had one negative day."
Embolo scored two goals in seven Bundesliga appearances for Schalke before sustaining his injury.
ESPN FC correspondent Ben Gladwell contributed to this report.