Man City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan admits he turned down a transfer to Manchester United earlier in his career as he felt it wasn’t the time to move.
After much speculation surrounding his future, the German became the first signing under Pep Guardiola, when he left Borussia Dortmund after five years for £20million in June 2016.
Three games and one goal into life at the Etihad, Gundogan has settled well, but says it could very well have been United he had signed for.
“It was not the biggest lie. Two years ago, three years ago it was not the time. I had a contract at Dortmund and I was not thinking of leaving the club so it was not a discussion,” he told The Telegraph.
When asked why he moved this summer, Gundogan added: “I wanted to come out of that comfort zone and join a new team, with a new manager, with a new club, a new country, a new league, a very competitive league.
“It’s not easy to handle all that, I knew that. Everyone told me the Premier League is the hardest. So I just wanted to try because I had nothing to lose.”