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Celtic defender Kieran Tierney has revealed he snubbed the chance to join Arsenal last summer.
The 19 year old was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates last season but nothing materialized.
The player has now confirmed that there was actually a bid believed to be in the region of £10m from Arsenal for his services but he turned it down after a chat with Bredan Rodgers.
The defender says he is happy at Celtic and is not necessarily motivated by a big money move away from the club.
Tierney said: “The manager came in last year and I had been told already there was a big bid there.
“It was a dream season for me last year individually and the manager said he wanted me to stay and sign a deal.
“As soon as I trained under him, there was no convincing needed. I was going to stay at Celtic anyway.
“It’s always flattering to hear other clubs are interested but I had no doubt in my mind I wanted to stay.
“The money factor is what a lot of people care about.
“All I was working towards was earning a new deal at Celtic. I wasn’t looking to move somewhere else.
“The club could have brought in anybody as manager and I would have stayed but after speaking to Brendan I knew something special was happening.
In retrospect, Tierney will be happy with his decision to stay at Celtic as he has gone on to have a superb season with the hoops again.
He knows he can only get better at this stage with City, Liverpool and Chelsea now in the race for his services and will want to take his time to develop properly before moving to a big club.
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