Zion Suzuku has claimed he snubbed a move to Manchester United once it became clear Andre Onana would be their first-choice goalkeeper.
The Japanese starlet, 20, was a target for the Red Devils and it had even been suggested a £5m fee was agreed with his club Urawa Red Diamonds. But Suzuki ended up signing for Sint-Truiden in Belgium, explaining his decision not to go to Manchester.
“I decided to transfer this time as a step up in aiming to be the best in the world. It’s true that there was an offer from Manchester United,” Suzuki told GOAL’s Japan edition.
“As a football player and as a person, if I hadn’t thought about anything, of course, I would like to go to Manchester United, but among them, I really want to spend time thinking about what kind of future awaits me. After much thought, I made this decision.
“Manchester United have acquired [Andre] Onana. It’s important for me to participate in matches, and I think it is also important to play on the world stage. I want to make the most of what I have learned here and do my best.”