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Monaco star Youri Tielemans has announced he rejected a transfer to Arsenal in the summer over doubts that he would not get enough first-team chances.
Tielemans, 20, was linked with moves to several top sides across Europe, including Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United, after a standout term at Anderlecht.
The Belgium international decided to join Monaco in a £21m ($28m) transfer, with his deal running to June 2022.
Tielemans called competition for spots in Arsenal’s midfield as the main factor in why he rejected the opportunity of a move to the Emirates Stadium.
“I knew not much was going to change with Arsenal’s squad; Their management wanted to keep the same group of players together to finish high in the Premier League.
“I had to be honest with myself and take a look at the midfielders Arsenal have got. They are top-class players.
“I knew that I would not get many first-team chances with them, so I didn’t give any more thought to joining them.
“I never said no to any club. But I made it clear where I wanted to go.” – he was quoted as saying by the Sun.
Tielemans netted 13 league goals for Anderlecht last campaign and was named footballer of the year in the Belgian league.
He also helped the Belgian side reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League, where Manchester United beat them.
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