France under-21 star Kingsley Coman has revealed that he turned down the advances of six top European clubs to sign for Juventus, including Premier League duo Arsenal and Liverpool.
The 18-year-old made his mind up late last season that he had to leave Paris Saint-Germain in search of regular first-team football elsewhere, which led to widespread interest across the continent in a technically-gifted wonderkid who has drawn consistent comparisons with Paul Pogba.
Juve moved quickly and Coman has shared that the chance to follow in Pogba's footsteps in Serie A proved irresistible, despite the best efforts of both the Gunners and Liverpool.
Coman told L'Equipe: "Juventus has a history with French players. Some of them did very good. So I told myself, why not me? I thought about it a lot. I had to take a decision regarding PSG.
"Then there was Arsenal, Liverpool, Leverkusen, Bayern Munich and Bordeaux. I've hesitated a lot about Bordeaux and I talked with Willy Sagnol, I knew him from the France Under-21 team and he promised me playing time.
"But this process came a little too late and I was already thinking about Juve."
One to watch
Juve have promised Coman that he will be immediately integrated into the first-team squad, something that perhaps Arsenal and Liverpool could not offer straight away.
The Gunners in particular should be stung by not being considered worthy of consideration in terms of bringing through French stars though, just ask Thierry Henry, Robert Pires or Patrick Vieira.
The Old Lady do of course have an enviable list of Les Blues legends as former players including Zinedine Zidane and Michel Platini, which definitely helped persuade one of Europe's most exciting players that he didn't need a Premier League switch to further his career at this stage.
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