Youri Tielemans claims he rejected the chance to move to Arsenal this summer before completing his switch to Monaco.
“I knew not much was going to change with Arsenal’s squad,” the former Anderlecht midfielder is quoted by the Metro.
“Their management wanted to keep the same group of players together in order to finish high in the Premier League.
“I had to be honest with myself and take a look at the midfielders Arsenal have got. They are top-class players.
“I knew that I would not get many first-team chances with them, so I didn’t give any more thought to joining them.
“I never said no to any club. But I made it clear where I wanted to go.”