New Manchester United signing was urged to snub them

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Manchester United's new signing Saidy Janko was urged to snub the switch to Old Trafford in favour of continuing his development at FC Zurich.

The 17-year-old full-back was signed before the transfer window shut on Monday night, but the transfer did not come to light until later on on Tuesday, with reports suggesting the club had paid a fee in the region of £700,000 for him.

Janko reportedly impressed Manchester United scouts in the Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup before having a successful trial at Carrington, before a deal was struck with his side FC Zurich.

However, Janko would have stayed at the Swiss club if it was down to their chairman, Massimo Rizzo, who has revealed he tried to all he could to get the talented young player to remain with them.

"We wanted him to stay. We told him it was too soon for him to move abroad," he told reporters in Switzerland.

"But we couldn't do anything. There was no changing his mind."

Manchester United were criticised for their transfer deadline day dealings, as the signing of Janko was only followed by that of another youngster in Uruguayan Guillermo Varela and Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini in a £27.5million deal.

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