Bayern Munich's latest recruit Renato Sanches has revealed the reason for snubbing a move to Manchester United ahead of a move to the Allianz Arena next season. The Portuguese midfielder moved from Benfica but was heavily linked with a switch to Old Trafford in the days leading up to his move to the Bundesliga champions.
The 18-year-old has had a stellar campaign for the Portuguese league and cup winners after breaking into the first-team at the start of the season. His performances had attracted interest from all across Europe, while they also earned him a call up to the Portugal national team for the upcoming European Championship finals beginning in France on 10 June.
According to the Guardian, the 20-times English champions were leading the race to sign him with an agreement close between the two sides. The Red Devils were set to play a fee of around £46m (€60m) over the course of four years to bring him to Old Trafford in the summer.
However, it was not to be as they were beaten to his signature by Bayern, with the player now revealing that it was he who rejected United due to the German club's ability to win titles on a regular basis, which the Old Trafford club have failed to do in recent seasons. Moreover, the Premier League big guns, who are without a manager following the sacking of Louis van Gaal, will also not take part in the Champions League next season after finishing fifth in the league.
"Manchester United made an offer. I think it was well known. But I had other offers as well," Sanches said, as quoted by the Sun.
"I chose Bayern Munich because it's a great club. They have a 65,000 seater stadium and an atmosphere similar to Benfica. I'll win titles," the Portugal international added.