AS Monaco midfielder Fabinho has admitted his frustration at failing to secure a move to Manchester United last summer.
Various reports suggested that Jose Mourinho was keen on securing the Fabinho’s services and the Brazilian himself hinted towards an imminent move away.
But following the departures of Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Kylian Mbappe, no such move materialised for the midfielder as vice president Vadim Vasilyev made it clear that no more important players would leave.
And Fabinho, reflecting on what was a turbulent summer, noted that he was unhappy at not being granted a move.
“During the window it was difficult because I was not sure if I would be staying,” he said. “I was closer to leaving than staying.”
“Playing in that context was not good. My head was elsewhere. Unconsciously, I was not giving my maximum. I was not trying to give a bad image, I could never do that.
“I was frustrated at the end of the window but I have turned the page.”
Fabinho has every right to feel dejected at being denied a big move elsewhere. Other players of equal importance to Monaco’s title success are now making their mark in the Premier League and watching it from a distance would be excruciating to say the least for the 24-year-old.
He finds himself in a similar boat to Anderlecht’s Leander Dendoncker, who has recently expressed his dejection at being denied an Old Trafford move.
And supporters will just hope that, as is the case with the Belgian midfielder, Fabinho’s current club will consciously help facilitate a summer move next time around.