Jon Walters took to Twitter after the closing of the transfer window to explain why any potential move to Manchester United fell through.
Sky Sports yesterday claimed Stoke City forward Jonathan Walters handed in a transfer request but Louis van Gaal was almost definitely not one of the interested parties.
BREAKING NEWS: Sky Sources – Stoke City striker Jon Walters has handed in transfer request at the club #SSNHQ
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) August 31, 2015
Stoke manager Mark Hughes reportedly rejected the transfer request for the 31-year-old first team regular.
BREAKING NEWS: Sky Sources – Stoke tell Jon Walters he will NOT be leaving the club this transfer window #SkyDeadlineDay
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) September 1, 2015
Having spent five full seasons at the Brittania Stadium, Jon Walters wanted a move elsewhere but blamed a missing helicopter for his inability to join Manchester United.
Making fun of the Transfer Deadline Day culture, Walters kindly apologised to Dutch Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal on Twitter.
Helicopter away for the year sorry LVG it’s not happening
— Jonathan walters (@JonWalters19) September 1, 2015
Norwich, West Brom and Leicester City were three Premier League clubs who were actually linked to the veteran Premier League forward.
The 31-year-old’s contract at Stoke expires at the end of the season, although Mark Hughes has repeatedly expressed a desire for Walters to remain part of his squad.