GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 22: Naldo #29 of FC Schalke 04 reacts after the Bundesliga match between FC Schalke 04 and FC Bayern Muenchen at Veltins-Arena on September 22, 2018 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Brazilian defender Naldo denied suggestions that his transfer from Schalke 04 to AS Monaco was fueled by the prospect of a big pay cheque

Despite having only agreed on a contract extension with Schalke in October, Naldo completed a surprise move to the struggling Ligue 1 side Monaco this month.

Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel claimed afterwards that Naldo’s decision to end his three-year stay at the club was motivated by money.

But the Brazilian has refuted this suggestion and insisted the main factor behind his Monaco move was for more game time after falling down the pecking order at Schalke this season.

“That statement surprised me a little. Money was not the reason for my transfer,” Naldo told Kicker.

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On whether he created a bad atmosphere in the team due to his lack of playing time, the 36-year-old said: “I can assure you one thing: I’m not the type of person that creates a bad atmosphere.

“If I’m not playing, then I’m dissatisfied, of course, but that doesn’t automatically mean that I mutate into a stinker.

“My nickname in the Schalke team was ‘Daddy’, and that wasn’t for no reason. It had nothing to do with my older age, but rather with my way of dealing with the others which not unjustly can be described as caring.”

Naldo has started three times for Monaco since arriving from Schalke.