Spartak Moscow winger Quincy Promes has confirmed that Manchester United were interested in his services last summer.
As reported by the Mirror, the 23-year-old has revealed that he rejected the opportunity to move to the club as he didn't feel ready to make the step up to Manchester, claiming that it would have been hard to secure a regular role under Louis van Gaal.
Van Gaal, of course, handed the Dutchman his debut for the national side, and it appears that he tried to get him on board at the Theatre of Dreams, but failed to make a 'concrete proposal' to secure his signature.
Ultimately Promes left FC Twente in favour of a move to Russia, where he is now a key man for the club as they go in search of success.
And when asked whether the Red Devils were interested in him last summer, the Dutchman told reporters: "I can confirm that," he said. "But a concrete proposal did not exist.
"Frankly, I felt at that moment not ready to make the transfer to Manchester.
"Who could guarantee me that I would not be constantly overlooked at United."
There's no doubt about it, the versatile forward will certainly be hoping to prove his credentials on a consistent basis over the coming months and years as he continues his rise up the footballing ladder.
It remains to be seen as to whether Van Gaal and Co. make their move again for him in the near future, but it appears unlikely that he will be leaving Moscow behind anytime soon.
The right decision
And, in truth, you can't blame him for rejecting the chance to sign for Manchester United. Of course a move to the club would have given him an incredible opportunity to learn his trade alongside some of the world's best players, however starring on a regular basis in a first-team setup is crucial for his current development.
At the end of the day, with the likes of Angel di Maria, Adnan Januzaj, Juan Mata, Ashley Young and Co. already plying their trade in Manchester, it would have been extremely difficult for him to break into the starting XI on a regular basis.
In Januzaj, the Red Devils already have an extremely talented young wide-man at their disposal, so Van Gaal should focus on turning him into a top player for the club.
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