"I had the opportunity to go to Manchester United and Arsenal"

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FC Twente starlet Ola John claims he turned down interest from Manchester United and Arsenal last year in favour of staying in Enschede, reports

The 19-year-old winger penned a new deal with the Eredivisie club last year, that will keep him in Holland until 2014.

But that wasn't for lack of interest from abroad, after both Arsenal and Manchester United declared interest in the talented star.

"When I extended my contract at FC Twente, I had the opportunity to go to Manchester United and Arsenal," John told De Telegraaf. "But I chose to take my chances at Twente.

"If I'm really good, there will still be a chance to go to a big club."


Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a known admirer of young, up-and-coming talent, as he looks to add to his Emirates Stadium squad with the signing of potential stars of the future.

Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson has overseen an influx of youngsters who are being successfully integrated into the Red Devils' squad, as a number of his senior players enter the twilight of their respective Old Trafford careers.

With the summer arrival of David De Gea and Phil Jones, Ferguson has shown he is prepared to spend money on promising youngsters that should benefit the long-term future of Manchester United.

John's decision to reject advances from both United and Arsenal, was also based on the fact he remains very close to his family in Enschede, but won't rule out a move to England in the future.

"I'm very close to my mother and younger sister and did not want to go abroad," he revealed.

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