Manchester United defender Guillermo Varela was not allowed to leave the club in January because he was told by Louis van Gaal he was going to play.
The 22-year-old full-back, who has made five starts this season, has revealed that the Dutch boss blocked his exit from the club because he wanted to play Varela in the first team.
Varela was heavily linked with a loan move to Italian side Genoa last month.
And the Uruguayan, who arrived from Penarol in 2013, says he was considering a move in order to play regularly.
“Because I saw I wouldn’t play, I would have few chances,” he told Uruguayan radio station Sport 890. “I spoke to the manager and he told me that no, I couldn’t go, because I was going to play”.
“Everything happened so quickly that you don’t believe that you’re playing in the most important league in the world. I take it calmly, training and looking forward.”
Varela has made one start since the end of the transfer window – the 3-0 win over Shrewsbury in the FA Cup.