Julio Arca has revealed his desire to remain at Middlesbrough was key to lowering his financial demands to the club this summer.
The 30-year-old signed a new two-year deal at the Riverside on Friday, after protracted contract talks between player and club this summer.
"Money is not everything, I like to play for the manager [Tony Mowbray], the club and fans," Arca told BBC Tees.
"I didn't get what I wanted, but I'm happy in another way."
Arca added: "It's been a long wait, but that is not because I was trying to be greedy.
"As a footballer you try to get what you think is right for you, your family and your future.
"You have principles, you have to respect yourselves, the club is fighting for the rest of the club and me for my best which is why we didn't get into an agreement before.
"But the good thing is we came to an agreement I'm going to be here for another two years and I hope I can continue to enjoy playing football for this manager."
Arca joined Middlesbrough from north-east neighbours Sunderland for £1.75m in July 2006, and has since made 150 appearances, scoring nine goals.