Son Heung-Min's agent says that Manchester United were in talks with his client over a possible deal this summer but insists that Bayer Leverkusen are the right club at this stage in the forward's career.
Son became an integral part of the Hamburg line-up after progressing through the youth ranks to the senior squad in 2010. As a result he was on the radar of a number of European clubs, including Liverpool and Tottenham.
He eventually chose a move to Leverkusen, who can offer Champions League football and are aiming to push for the Bundesliga title this season, but the 21 year old's agent Thies Bliemeister told Bild: "Manchester wanted Sonny, they had a strong interest and had contacted HSV. We already talked.
"Their interest honoured him, but Leverkusen made the better impression. It's the ideal interim stage for his career right now."
While Son clearly has plenty of ability and talent, game time at United would likely have been an issue for the South Korea international after the club already purchased winger Wilfried Zaha.
Yet from his agent's comments it would appear that Son will consider going elsewhere should he continue to excel, and while the German outfit are a big club in the Bundesliga they are yet to present a serious challenge in the Champions League.
The youngster is particularly excited about playing the European competition though, telling the German paper: "To hear the anthem of the Champions League was always a dream for me."