Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal has admitted he rejected an offer from Manchester United to join the Bundesliga champions.
The Red Devils were keen admirers of the Chilean during his Juventus days and lodged a formal bid last summer, which ultimately failed.
Vidal revealed he was on the verge of signing for United but had a sudden change of heart when the Bavarians came calling.
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According to Goal.com, as per the Times, he said: "Yes, there was a chance to come to England. It was last summer, and at one point, we thought that is what would happen.
"I liked the opportunity that they had offered me, but eventually it did not happen and I chose to come to Bayern. There are always many teams around that go to my agent."
Vidal insists he made the right choice amidst his search for a club with high ambitions and claims his previous experiences in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen helped him to settle.
"I wanted to come to a team this strong and to a project that is so ambitious. I feel very happy."
"It helped that I knew what the country was like and what the people were like. We are better, me and my wife and my children. Life is good, very calm. We are starting to feel more comfortable."
Under the guidance of manager Pep Guardiola, the Chile international has made 22 appearances in the Bundesliga, scoring twice and providing three assists.
A typical box-to-box midfielder capable of adding steel both in defence and going forward, Vidal has proved a valuable asset to a Bayern squad bursting with quality.