Ghana international Samuel Inkoom has downplayed claims that he made the move to Ukrainian club FC Dnipro because of the financial gain, Ghanasoccernet reported.
Inkoom who was 22 at the time was accused of making the move to an amateur league instead of going to other top clubs in Europe.
He was regarded as one of the top players for Swiss Super League side FC Basel and deemed as a quality right-back.
''Basel [wanted] the money because it was huge money for a right back. I was having a newborn baby as well. I will just say that in my opinion, I didn't want to go [to Dnipro],'' he told Joy Sports.
''The club spoke to me, we had a conference [between] me, the president of the team, the football director, the coach and I told them I wasn't ready to go because of my baby.
''At the end of the day, they loved the money and they wanted me to go to help the club as well. So I thought about it and decided that why not?
''If I can also bring something onto the table for the club to develop then why not? So I had to sacrifice.''