The defender had been linked with numerous teams over the summer, such as Arsenal, Liverpool, Inter, Milan and Roma.
“I am happy here and my priority has always been Parma, even though I am honoured by the proposals that came in,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
“Real Madrid? That just means I worked well to earn their attention, but I am happy at Parma and am preparing to have a great season.
“Coach Roberto Donadoni put a lot of faith in me and thanks to that I was able to prove myself. Now it’s up to me and I must work hard to follow his instructions.”
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