‘I was close to joining Man United, spoke with Ten Hag a few times’ – Player with 9 goals and 7 assists in 10 games confirms

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PSV forward Cody Gakpo has confirmed he was ‘close’ to joining Manchester United in the summer after holding transfer talks with Erik ten Hag.

Gakpo has continued his brilliant form with PSV after missing out on a transfer to Manchester United, scoring 9 goals and providing 7 assists in just 10 league games.

“I was close to leaving, I spoke to Erik ten Hag a few times at Manchester United,” the 23 year old told The Times.

“In the end the deal didn’t go through, which was a shame, for me and my development, and because Manchester United is one of the biggest clubs in the world, but also for PSV, because to transfer a player to Manchester United is a good thing for the club.

“It ended about a week before the end of the transfer window and in that week I had to decide if I would go to Leeds or Southampton. In the end I stayed, but it was a stressful period.”

“I always said if I stay here, it’s my childhood club. It’s not a punishment,” Gakpo added. “I like being here, I want to win trophies here and do my best for the club.

“But if I got the chance to go to the Premier League or something, of course I would have to consider that option. At that time it was hectic for me but I recovered pretty quickly.”