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Alex Telles opens up on ‘strategy’ behind Man Utd departure, insisting he has found another ‘very big club’

Alex Telles playing for Manchester United

Alex Telles has opened up on his departure from Manchester United this summer, explaining what appealed about joining Sevilla on loan.

After two seasons at Old Trafford, Telles headed out on loan in August, when he signed for Sevilla. As a result, he is getting to experience La Liga for the first time in his career, after already playing in Brazil, Turkey, Italy, Portugal and England.

Had he stayed at Manchester United, Telles might have struggled for gametime. In his left-back position, the club signed Tyrell Malacia from Feyenoord over the summer.

Malacia has made a decent impression in the Premier League so far, providing a useful alternative to Luke Shaw. Therefore, Telles would have been third choice if he was still among the Manchester United ranks.

In a World Cup year, that would not have been ideal for the six-cap Brazil international, who is with his national team for the current break.

Now, the full-back has broken his silence on his decision to leave Manchester United for Sevilla, where he has seven appearances and one assist to his name so far in all competitions.

Telles told Globo Esporte: “I think it was a good strategy (going to Sevilla) when it comes to an important year for all of us athletes. I declare both the Premier League and La Liga as two of the great championships in the world.

“But I’m at a very big club too; Sevilla have a very good structure. I also had contact with the coach (Julen Lopetegui), who called me, and I thought it was a very good opportunity. I feel really good.”

Alex Telles better off at Sevilla than Man Utd

There are no clauses relating to a permanent transfer in Telles’ agreement with Sevilla. However, he will only have one year left on his contract at Manchester United by the time his spell there ends.

Hence, it would not be too surprising to see further negotiations about his future in the new year.

Turning 30 in December, it will be important for Telles to find stability at this stage of his career. Therefore, his decision to leave Manchester United might end up becoming one he makes for good in the future.

During his couple of years among their squad, Telles amassed exactly 50 appearances. He only scored one goal – a notable one, mind, on the volley in the Champions League – and provided eight assists.

His output for previous employers Porto was much better and will be what he is trying to recapture in Spain. He has the season ahead to prove himself again there.

With only one of his five La Liga appearances so far being a start, though, his gametime will need to increase there as well. Only time will tell how productive this season is going to be for him, but at least he is happy with his choice.

If Sevilla can find a bigger use for him, it may be a move that has suited all parties.

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