Barnsley Academy’s James Bree has turned down the opportunity to join Manchester United this summer.
The 15-year-old is highly thought of at Barnsley having made his debut for the U18s aged just 14 and United were obviously keen to bring him to the club.
According to the Barnsley Chronicle, Bree impressed in a three week trial at Carrington which was enough for United to make an offer to sign him, which Barnsley would supposedly have been forced to accept under new regulations.
But Bree has chosen to reject United’s advances in order to speed up his progression towards first team football.
“I’ve been at Barnsley for four seasons now and love it here,” he said.
“I feel at home and believe it’s the right place for me to develop.
“The facilities at Manchester United were out of this world. I saw some of the current players driving away from training in their cars, as well as Paul Scholes who came to pick up his son.”
United have already struck a deal to bring Irish defender Jimmy Dunne into the academy but Bree obviously feels he has a bigger chance at quicker progression if he stays at Barnsley, so good luck to him.
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