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Monaco midfielder Youri Tielemans has revealed he snubbed Arsenal’s interest in the summer.
The Belgium midfielder caught the eye of many Premier League clubs last season, including Arsenal but chose to join Monaco instead.
The French giants spent £22m on Tielemans as a replacement for Bakayoko who joined Chelsea and the 20 year old has now revealed why he chose a move to Monaco rather than Arsenal.
He said, as quoted by the Daily Star:
“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.”
It was a logical decision from the player’s point of view, as he stood a better chance of playing regularly at Monaco than at Arsenal.
However, the quality of training he’d have gotten at Arsenal isn’t in doubt and would have prepared him for the tough task ahead. He’s made his decision and it will be interesting to see how things pan out.