Manchester United star Daley Blind has revealed that he rejected a move to Arsenal when he was 16 years old.
The now 25-year-old has become a key, versatile member of United's squad since moving from Ajax last summer. However, the story could've been very different had he joined Arsenal 8 years prior.
Manchester United's Daley Blind turned down "incredible" Arsenal contract to stay at Ajax
“I had the chance to move to London at a young age. I was in the Ajax academy and one day I came home from school.
"My mum and dad said to me: ‘Arsenal have called today. They want you.’
“I thought they were taking the mickey. It was my dream to be a player in the first team of Ajax but we went to Arsenal.
"We were there for a day. It was great. They offered to sort out everything for my schooling, so I could get my A levels.
“They also offered me an incredible contract, especially for a boy of my age. Ajax offered me a contract too at the same time.
"The money was nowhere near what I could earn at Arsenal. My dad left it up to me and I decided to stay at Ajax."
Blind, who cost United £13.5m, says his desire to be successful at Ajax was a big factor.
"I said no, partially because I was lucky to have everything I needed at home.
"The other reason I decided to say no was that secretly I wanted to follow in the footsteps of my dad, Danny. He had been captain of Ajax, won every trophy in the world with them."