Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has revealed that he rejected the chance to join Manchester United back in 2008 because he wanted to play for Arsene Wenger instead, according to the Metro.
The Welsh midfielder was one of the UK’s hottest prospects when he broke through onto the scene at Cardiff City and both The Gunners and United had bids accepted for his services as a 17-year-old.
Ramsey held discussions with both clubs, but later opted to head for London instead after a fee of around £5m was agreed with The Bluebirds, and he has since gone on to become one of Wenger’s most astute pieces of business during his entire 19-year stint at the club.
Now 24, he has admitted that it was Wenger’s greater track record of working with younger players that convinced him to sign for Arsenal over the Red Devils.
“He ‘[Wenger] likes to get young kids with talent and natural ability and turn them into world class players,” said Ramsey.
“He’s done that on many occasions in the past and he’ll continue doing that. His experience, knowing how to deal with [young players] is quite remarkable.
“He gets his satisfaction from seeing them develop as a player – and as a person as well – and gives them information on the pitch and opportunities to go out there, play, and express themselves.”
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