Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic has admitted that he was close to joining Manchester United last summer.
The Croatian star has been linked with a switch to Old Trafford over the last three transfer windows and it would appear that a move was close to happening in 2018.
“It’s true that an offer from Manchester United was on the table and I was close to leaving Inter,” Perisic admitted.
“But I decided to stay and, as I said, [Luciano] Spalletti’s perseverance to keep me played a big role.
“In football, small details in these situations are key.
“Admiration from a coach like Mourinho is definitely something that flattered me.
“It’s confirmation of hard work and good performances.
“When you’re praised by a guy like Mourinho – the manager of a huge club like Manchester United – it’s difficult not to think about such an offer.
“I’m glad he has a high opinion of me and these things motivate me to work hard and train hard, to achieve the best performances.”
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