'It's true that an of­fer from Manch­ester United was on the ta­ble - Perisic

Sunday Observer - - NEWS - OME -

RI­van Perisic has re­vealed he was on the brink of join­ing Manch­ester United dur­ing the sum­mer of 2017 - but opted to re­main with In­ter Mi­lan. The winger, who scored for Croa­tia in the World Cup semi-fi­nal and fi­nal ear­lier this year, was per­suaded to stay by In­ter boss Lu­ciano Spalletti.

And de­spite be­ing flat­tered by Jose Mourinho's in­ter­est, the 29-year-old in­sists he is happy with the de­ci­sion he made.

Perisic told FourFourTwo: “It's true that an of­fer from Manch­ester United was on the ta­ble – I was re­ally close to leav­ing In­ter.

'When Lu­ciano Spalletti ar­rived [in June 2017], he showed tremen­dous de­sire to keep me in the team and made it clear he didn't want to lose me.

En­cour­ag­ing

“That was very en­cour­ag­ing, and I haven't re­gret­ted my de­ci­sion to stay at In­ter. In foot­ball, small de­tails in these sit­u­a­tions are key.

“Ad­mi­ra­tion from a coach like Mourinho is def­i­nitely some­thing that flat­tered me. It's con­fir­ma­tion of hard work and good per­for­mances. 'When you're praised by a guy like Mourinho – the man­ager of a huge club like Man United – it's dif­fi­cult not to think about such an of­fer. I'm glad he has a high opin­ion of me. These things mo­ti­vate me to work and train hard, to achieve the best per­for­mances.”

How­ever, de­spite com­mit­ting his im­me­di­ate fu­ture to the Ital­ian club, Perisic re­fused to rule out a fu­ture trans­fer to the Pre­mier League.

'In foot­ball, you never say never,' he says. 'From the be­gin­ning of my ca­reer, I've had the am­bi­tion to play in as many big leagues as pos­si­ble, and I still have that de­sire to test my­self in other leagues. And I mean in the Span­ish or English leagues.

“I hope In­ter fans un­der­stand my point of view. I'm an ath­lete and a pro­fes­sional, I like chal­lenges and this is my driving force. What the fu­ture will bring, I don't know. Now I'm fo­cused on In­ter, as we try to make a big­ger step for­ward from last sea­son.” Dai­ly­Mail

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