Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic has admitted he was on the verge of quitting the club to join Manchester United in the summer of 2017, but says he has no regrets over turning down the move.
Ivan Perisic was Jose Mourinho’s top target that summer as the United boss looked to add a quality wide player to his ranks, but a last-ditch intervention from Inter manager Luciano Spalletti convinced the 29-year-old to stay put.
Speaking to ‘FourFourTwo’, Perisic has now opened up on the matter, saying that he was flattered by the interest shown in him by Mourinho.
“It’s true that an offer from Manchester United was on the table – I was really close to leaving Inter,” he explained.
“When Luciano Spalletti arrived [in June 2017], he showed tremendous desire to keep me in the team and made it clear he didn’t want to lose me.
“That was very encouraging, and I haven’t regretted my decision to stay at Inter. In football, small details in these situations are key.
“Admiration from a coach like Mourinho is definitely something that flattered me. It’s confirmation of hard work and good performances.
“When you’re praised by a guy like Mourinho – the manager of a huge club like Man United – it’s difficult not to think about such an offer. I’m glad he has a high opinion of me. These things motivate me to work and train hard, to achieve the best performances.”
Despite having decided against the move on that occasion, Perisic says he isn’t ruling out a move to the Premier League in the future.
“In football, you never say never,” he added. “From the beginning of my career, I’ve had the ambition to play in as many big leagues as possible, and I still have that desire to test myself in other leagues. And I mean in the Spanish or English leagues.
“I hope Inter fans understand my point of view. I’m an athlete and a professional, I like challenges and this is my driving force. What the future will bring, I don’t know. Now I’m focused on Inter, as we try to make a bigger step forward from last season.’
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