Red Bull Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita has revealed a host of Premier League clubs including Arsenal and Liverpool were interested in signing him in the summer.
Leipzig have been the surprise package in the Bundesliga this term, sitting second in the table, only two points behind Bayern Muynich, after eight matches.
Keita has caught the eye in midfield, scoring three goals in his six league appearances, and the 21-year-old admits he could have moved to England earlier this year.
“Arsenal, Manchester City and Southampton were all interested in signing me and Liverpool as well, although I did not speak with their coach,” he told SportNet.
“I did not want to join a big Champions League club right away. It is too early for that. I want to prove myself in the Bundesliga first now.”
Keita has been linked with a number of English sides in the past 12 months, with TEAMtalk exclusively revealing Crystal Palace and Bournemouth were also monitoring the Guinea international.