Everton defender Leighton Baines says manager Roberto Martinez won the battle of wills with his predecessor David Moyes when it came to convincing him to commit his future to Goodison Park.
The 29-year-old England left-back was heavily linked with a summer move to Manchester United, who in July appointed former Toffees boss Moyes as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor, but Baines last week signed a new four-year deal to end any speculation over his future.
While he admitted being flattered by Moyes' attempts to persuade him to move to Old Trafford, he revealed that Martinez's charm offensive had ultimately proved more successful.
Baines told the BBC's Football Focus: "I talked about it a lot with the manager (Martinez), we had a lot of conversations because something seemed to be going on and he kept me informed.
"He was adamant that he wanted me to stay here.
"It was flattering really, to have your old manager wanting to take you with him and your new manager really wanting to keep you.
"He said to me that until they decide to accept an offer or not, I could get on with my football and leave it up to them."
Baines, who admitted he got "a bit sick" of the constant newspaper speculation over his future before the summer transfer window closed, insisted he would never have tried to force a move away from Everton by refusing to play.
"I don't think that's a route I would ever take, particularly not with Everton," he added.
"I know a lot of friends and family who've supported the club for a long time so I just don't think it's the right way to go about your business really.
"You can get days when you get a bit sick of (the speculation) and you kind of just want an end to it.
"But that's not the way it works... the transfer window just drags quite a bit.
"I think the manager made a good point at the time, it probably shouldn't be active once the season starts.
"Having been in that position it's something I definitely agree with because it can be a distraction when you just want to play football."
Everton have gone from strength to strength under Spanish manager Martinez and are now locked in a battle for fourth place with Tottenham and Merseyside rivals Liverpool, who plundered a humbling 4-0 derby victory over the Toffees at Anfield on Tuesday.
But, ahead of Saturday afternoon's Premier League visit of Aston Villa, Baines was fully aware that there is plenty of time remaining for Everton to close the four-point gap to the Reds and compete for a Champions League berth.
"It was a real low point, that result," he added. "I think Liverpool were ruthless on the night and finished really well.
"But I said before the game that there was a lot of football still to play after the Merseyside derby and that's still the case.
"The manager's instilled that in us and the fourth spot's as open as it's ever been. We've got from now until the end of the season to be at our best and give it everything we've got.
"That's the only way we'll get there."
The strangest transfer deadline day stories - in pictures
The strangest transfer deadline day stories - in pictures
1/10 Peter Odemwingie to QPR?
One of the weirder stories of recent years. Odemwingie took it upon himself to drive to London from West Brom and spoke of his excitement about joining QPR. Unfortunately the Nigerian was to discover his club hadn't given him permission to speak to Harry Redknapp's side so Odemwingie suffered the indignity of being locked out of Loftus Road and sent back to the Hawthorns with his tail firmly between his legs.
2/10 Robinho's slip of the tongue
Newly rich Man City might have been pipped to the signing of Dimitar Berbatov in 2008, but they had made a big statement by stealing Robinho from under Chelsea's noses. So I expect they were delighted when Robinho announced: "Chelsea made a great proposal on the last day and I accepted". When asked if he meant Manchester City, Robinho replied: "Yeah. Manchester. Sorry!"
3/10 Ryan Babel's mystery flight
Ryan Babel was spotted getting in a helicopter bound for London on deadline day in 2010 but where was he headed? No move ever materialised and the mystery continues to this day. Just where was the Babelcopter going?
4/10 How much?
When Chelsea splashed £50m on Fernando Torres, in 2011, some felt they'd overpaid. Fortunately Kenny Dalglish and Liverpool were on hand to put things into perspective by immediately spending £35m of that money on Andy Carroll - a man with just a good half season of Premier League football behind him. Dalglish lost his job and Carroll is now at West Ham.
5/10 Julian Faubert to Real Madrid
Arguably one of the strangest transfers of all time, in 2009 Real Madrid took Julian Faubert on loan from West Ham. To the surprise of no one it wasn't a success, Faubert made just two appearances and once fell asleep while on the bench during a game.
6/10 Arshavin arrival
When that window slams shut (it always slams) trading ceases - unless you're Arsenal that is. The £15m arrival of Andrei Arshavin in 2009 had Gooners waiting for confirmation a full 24 hours after Big Ben had struck midnight. There was some excuse about adverse weather conditions, but that didn't stop Arsenal's Premier League rivals from raising an eyebrow or two.
7/10 David Beckham joins PSG
While any criticism of Sir David of course borders on sacrilege, and Beckham's decision to give all his wages from the club to a children's charity is to be applauded, the fact that he chose to make the move on deadline day when as a free agent he could move whenever he liked, did seem quite a lot like attention-seeking.
8/10 Benjani's airport nap
Sounding more like the badly thought through excuse of a schoolboy than a reason that almost scuppered a transfer, Benjani wrote his way into deadline day folklore in 2008. Flying from Portsmouth to Manchester to finalise a move to City, the striker rather unfortunately fell asleep in the airport, missing two planes and nearly ruining his chances of a move. In the end Man City fans must have wished he had.
9/10 Samba time
Nothing sums up the mad decisions made by desperate clubs during the January window than the signing of Chris Samba by QPR. The relegation threatened club forked out an incredible £12.5m to bring in the former Blackburn centre-back to save their season - and also agreed to pay him £100,000 a week. Turned out he wasn't much help, at one stage even having to apologise for being at fault for two goals in the west-London derby defeat to Fulham. QPR were relegated and Samba returned to Anzhi Makhachkala.
10/10 Alan Pardew's lucky day
Bizarrely and seemingly with a whiff of something shady, 2006 saw Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano arrive at West Ham looking more than a little confused. In the end the third party deal was ruled illegal and West Ham had to pay a £5.5m fine and £20m compensation to Sheffield United who were relegated when Tevez's goals kept West Ham in the league later that season.