Monaco youngster Youri Tielemans has today revealed why he turned down the chance to join Arsenal this summer.
The 20-year-old has long been regarded as one of the finest midfield prospects in Europe, with his impressive showings for Anderlecht versus Manchester United in the Europa League last year only strengthening his status.
He was named player of the year in Belgium last season, and has already carved out a regular place for himself among the multitude of star names in Roberto Martinez’s senior Red Devils squad.
Tielemans was linked with a number of top clubs around Europe this summer, with Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal having all expressed an interest in the technically-gifted starlet over the last few months.
However, he eventually opted to join Ligue 1 champions Monaco in a £22 million move, and has today explained why he turned down the advances of one particular Premier League giant:
‘I knew not much was going to change with Arsenal’s squad.’
‘Their management wanted to keep the same group of players together in order to finish high in the Premier League.’
‘I had to be honest with myself and take a look at the midfielders Arsenal have got. They are top-class players.’
‘I knew that I would not get many first-team chances with them, so I didn’t give any more thought to joining them.’
‘I never said no to any club. But I made it clear where I wanted to go.’ (Quotes via The Mirror)