Blow for Man Utd, Arsenal as strike target says time isn’t right for Prem move

Date published: Friday 22nd May 2020 7:10

Gent striker Jonathan David has suggested that it is too soon for him to move to the Premier League, despite links with the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool.

Canada international David enjoyed a prolific 2019-20 campaign in the Belgian top flight, 18 goals in 27 league appearances, while also impressing in the Europa League in front of Liverpool scouts.

At just 20 years of age, David has emerged as one of the most exciting attacking prospects playing in Europe, and clubs as big as Barcelona have been keeping an eye on his development.

David is also believed to have several suitors in the Premier League, but he has revealed that a move to Germany would be his preferred option at this stage of his career.

“I never knew big clubs would be interested in me so early,” he told Sky Sports. “It’s overwhelming, but I think I can make the next step.

“It’s time for me to move and go somewhere where I can keep developing and get to the potential that I have.

“The league that would suit me the most right now is the Bundesliga. It’s similar to the Belgian league in terms of the tempo and the physicality, but obviously the quality is higher in Germany and there is more competition.”

Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig are two of the German clubs to be linked with the 20-year-old so far, although his comments may put other sides on alert.




Having left his home continent at the age of 18 to come to Europe and kick-start his professional career, the New York-born striker believes he has made the right decision so far about his career path.

“I didn’t want to go to MLS, because I wanted to test myself in Europe,” he explained. “I had trials at Salzburg and Stuttgart which didn’t work out. My agent then said there is another club in Belgium [Gent] and I had two trials with them and it went well so I joined.

“What was good for my development is for the first six months I just trained with the team. That allowed me to adapt to the city and the playing style and helped me adapt to the league. The level and intensity was much higher than what I had experienced before.

“I only did six months with the second team and then right away I was doing pre-season with the first team, and now I’m getting better, scoring goals and everything is going good. For me it has been exceptional. I didn’t think everything would go so fast, but I’m pretty happy it did.”

The striker had previously admitted that his ambition is to play in the Premier League, but it appears he is willing to wait in order to give himself the best chance of success in the division.


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