Monaco star claims he turned down Arsenal this summer

Date published: Monday 25th September 2017 10:15 - Joe Williams

Monaco midfielder Youri Tielemans has revealed that he rejected the chance to join Premier League side Arsenal as he thought he wouldn’t get enough time on the pitch.

The Belgium international joined Monaco in the summer after four years in the Anderlecht first team when he scored 26 goals in 139 appearances.

Several big European clubs including Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham were linked with the 20-year-old before he chose the Ligue 1 club.

And Tielemans claims that there was interest from Arsenal but he decided against a move there for the good of his career.

“I knew not much was going to change with Arsenal’s squad,” Tielemans said. “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.”

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