Mohamed Mallahi has revealed his desire to succeed at the Dutch club Utrecht convinced him not to think about joining Chelsea or Leeds United.

The attacker came up through the ranks of Utreg’s academy and has featured in excess of 100 matches for the U21 side, managing 11 goals and providing 10 assists in the process.

Even though the 21-year-old star was included in the match-day roster for league games last campaign, the player had to wait until September to feature in Eredivisie.

According to Voetbalzone, the Champions League winners, the Whites and Ajax were keen on his services. It is not mentioned exactly when they came forward to sign him.

“I didn’t do that [leave Utrecht] because I wanted to break through in the Netherlands and not go abroad too quickly. FC Utrecht seemed like the perfect option to me, to eventually go abroad after all,” he was quoted as saying by Voetbalzone.

Mallahi was born in Utrecht and that surely played in his decision to continue with the local team over joining the likes of Chelsea, Leeds United or Ajax.

“My connection with FC Utrecht and the city also played a role in not going to those clubs. There was confidence, they came up with a good plan and convinced me with it. It’s not easy to make such a decision, you definitely need advice from people around you,” Mohamed explained.