The £22m Monaco Star Confirmed Interest From Arsenal
Monaco new signing Youri Tielemans has confirmed why he didn’t make a move to Arsenal this summer.
The 20-year-old caught the eye of top European clubs after rising through the ranks at Anderlecht in his homeland.
He was claimed to move to the Premier League clubs, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United said to be interested in sign him.
Ligue 1 champions Monaco signed Tielemans up in a £22m deal. They prepared for the loss of Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea.
After the month from his transfer, Tielemans has explained why he ended up at the Stade Louis II instead of The Emirates.
The Belgium international said: “I knew not much was going to change with Arsenal’s squad.
“Their management wanted to keep the same group of players together 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 have 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 join them.
“I have never rejected any club. But it was clear for me where I wanted to go.”