Manchester United’s newest signing says money had nothing to do with his decision to join the club.
Pending official announcement, 17-year-old Tahith Chong will move from Feyenoord’s academy to Man United’s and will play in a left or right attacking midfield position.
While giving several reasons as to choosing United, he says he was impressed by the club and was not motivated solely by the contract.
“I start in Manchester in the A1 [academy] and may sometimes take part in Manchester United Under-21s,” he said.
“I’ve been there a few times and I am definitely impressed by the club. United have good accommodation for youth players and it is up to me to make that step. My parents will go to England and it’s good to have their support there.
“We were talking about a contract. I would have liked to stay longer at Feyenoord because it’s my club.
“The discussions were very vague and I had expected more of it. Only after that conversation, I went to talk to Manchester United and I chose this.
“Many people call it I do it for the money, but I’m not a money grab. I choose the sporting adventure and for me it is now time to look forward.”
Feyenoord most certainly is Chong’s club having joined when he was just 10, he has worked his was up through the academy gathering attention from clubs such as Man United with his impressive performances.
Several Premier League clubs were interested in his services but he decided to pick a move to Old Trafford based on his visit and the impression he got of the academy and the club.
United currently have three Dutch players in the squad in Memphis Depay, Daley Blind and Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who enjoyed his time under Louis van Gaal last season and will be looking to build on his success under Jose Mourinho.