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Manchester United midfielder Daley Blind has revealed how close he was to joining Arsenal as a teenager.
The Dutchman completed a summer switch to United last summer after agreeing to leave Ajax, but he has admitted that at one point in his career, he was to loyal to the Dutch side and wouldn’t leave.
The 25-year-old cost United £14million, but things could have been so different if he completed a move from Ajax to Arsenal when he was just 16-years-old.
“I had the chance to move to London at a young age. I was in the Ajax academy and one day I came home from school,” Blind told the Daily Mirror.
“My mum and dad said to me: ‘Arsenal have called today. They want you.’
“I thought they were taking the mickey. It was my dream to be a player in the first team of Ajax but we went to Arsenal.
“We were there for a day. It was great. They offered to sort out everything for my schooling, so I could get my A levels.
“They also offered me an incredible contract, especially for a boy of my age. Ajax offered me a contract too at the same time.
“The money was nowhere near what I could earn at Arsenal. My dad left it up to me and I decided to stay at Ajax.”
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt