Ryan Gravenberch: Why I snubbed big and beautiful Man Utd despite holding talks with Erik ten Hag

Ryan Gravenberch
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Highly-rated Netherlands international Ryan Gravenberch has explained why he snubbed the opportunity to be reunited with former Ajax boss Erik ten Hag at Manchester United.

The 20 year old has confirmed he’s joining German champions Bayern Munich despite holding talks with Ten Hag to join Manchester United.

Bayern Munich will reportedly pay a fixed fee of €19 million plus an additional €6m in add-ons to sign Ryan Gravenberch.

Ajax are also believed to have secured a sell-on clause of seven-and-a-half per cent.

Gravenberch has amassed over 100 apperances for Ajax in the last four seasons since becoming the youngest player to represent the club as a 16-year-old the 2018/19 campaign.

It was Ten Hag that gave the midfielder his debut and he’s tutored Gravenberch through the early stages of his career.

Ryan Gravenberch told De Telegraaf: “Manchester United is a very big and beautiful club, but I already had such a good feeling at Bayern and I had given my word.

“My choice was actually made pretty quickly. In October I met the trainer Julian Nagelsmann, sports chairman Hasan Salihamidzic and technical director Marco Neppe in a hotel at Schiphol. The plan they sketched me out just made sense.”

Upon confirming the news of his switch to Bayern Munich, he told Bild: “Bayern is a big club.

“I think you have to win big titles here.

“That is also what I expect for myself. I’m happy to be here in Munich now.”

Speaking to Bild, Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said: “Ryan has signed.

“We’ve closed the deal and we’re very, very happy that he’s coming here. One of the biggest talents in Europe that everyone has been chasing.

“He has great strengths in midfield, great technique and is able to resolve situations even in tight spaces.

“He can also drive the ball with his dynamism, is a goal threat and can also defend. One with real all-rounder qualities. He’ll take the next step here.”

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