Manchester United were turned down when they tried to sign SC Bastia ace Ryad Boudebouz four years ago, according to the man himself.
French newspaper Le 10 Sport, relaying information from L’Equipe, reports that Boudebouz told how he snubbed United whilst he was playing for Sochaux, because he didn’t think he was good enough to get into their first-team. The 20-year-old revealed that United offered him a deal when he was 16, but he decided not to take them up on it as he was worried it would stall his development as a player.
“Their recruiter offered me a contract with a large sum down,” Boudebouz said.
“I played right midfield. There, there was Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani on the sides. I was going to do what? I would have lost three or four years."
Since then the Algerian winger has been linked with moves to both Liverpool and Tottenham, though no formal offer has ever been registered. Rated highly in Ligue 1, it would appear that United could have potentially lost out on a future star. The player himself however, has no regrets about having departed Sochaux for Bastia instead.
"I know SC Bastia can help me get much higher,” he concluded.
With United struggling in the Premier League since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, current boss David Moyes will hope that he isn’t snubbed this summer, as his team are in desperate need of a refurbishment.