AS Roma winger Cengiz Under has this afternoon revealed that he turned down the chance to join Premier League champions-elect Manchester City last summer.
Under, a 20-year-old Turkish international, arrived at the Stadio Olimpico from İstanbul Başakşehir last summer, following a hugely-impressive solitary campaign with the Super Lig outfit.
Roma were rumoured to have beaten off interest from some of European football’s biggest clubs in securing a deal for the fleet-footed wide-man, with both Manchester United and Barcelona named as long-term admirers.
After struggling to find his feet during the early months of his time in the Italian capital, Under burst onto the scene over the last couple of months with a string of sensational displays for Roma.
Having failed to find the net during his first 6 months with the club, he went on to net 5 times over the space of 4 fixtures between the 4th and 21st of February, finally showcasing to fans of Eusebio Di Francesco’s men exactly why the club had agreed to fork out over 13 million Euro for his signature.
Speaking in an interview with Turkish outlet Spor Arena earlier today, Under was questioned on whether he had turned down the advances of any other European giants to sign with Roma, with the gifted youngster revealing that he received a concrete proposal from Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City:
‘I received an offer from Manchester City, but I did not agree. There was the project in Rome, and the attitude of the club and the coach was important to me.’