Monaco summer signing Youri Tielemans has disclosed why he chose AS Monaco over a transfer to Premier League side Arsenal in the summer.
The Belgium international midfielder joined from Anderlecht to the French Ligue 1 champions for about £22.5million, but he was strongly linked with the Gunners and the player disclosed there was interest from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
The 20-year-old ace, who has played seven matches, scoring just once so far this League campaign, admit he has an option to go to England. Tielemans though revealed he was put off a transfer to Arsenal because he was worried about regular football time opportunity.
Tielemans was quoted telling Het Laatste Nieuws: “(AS) Monaco was just the best step (option) for me (Tielemans). I (Tielemans) knew that I (Tielemans) could secure a regular starting shirt in their midfield because the vice-president had told me about his plans.
“Could I (Tielemans) have gone to the (English) Premier League? Yes, (I could have) but (AS) Monaco was the first (team) and most concrete (solid) team (that tabled an offer).
“I’(Tielemans ) have never said no to an interested club. What I (Tielemans) did was quickly make it clear where I (Tielemans) wanted to go.”