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‘I Spoke With Other Clubs, But I Was Waiting For Man United’ – Cody Gakpo



'I Spoke With Other Clubs, But I Was Waiting For Man United' - Cody Gakpo

PSV forward, Cody Gakpo has disclosed that he was waiting all summer for a move to Manchester United after they showed interest in him.

Cody Gapko ended the last season with 25 goals from 27 appearance in the Eredivise league and clubs were all over to sign him this summer.

Man United emerged as strong opponent to sign the talented winger from PSV after they saw their bid for Ajax winger, Antony rejected.

However, the Red Devils never gave up, they finally signed Antony on transfer deadline day.

Leeds United and Southampton were also keen to sign Gakpo, who was valued at around £25m by the end of the transfer window.

A deadline day move did not come off though so Gakpo will remain at PSV until January at the earliest.

Gakpo thinks he made the “right decision” to stay at PSV amid Man Utd’s interest:

“It was hectic. Days, weeks, months…I’m glad it’s over,” Gakpo told 90 min.

“It was difficult [to deal with] because it was my first time to decide between staying or going. You hope for immediate clarity at the start of the window so you can focus on PSV or your new club but that didn’t come.

“At the start of the window, United registered their interest but not very strongly, so I was waiting for a bit, and then the end was approaching and the signals became more positive. I started thinking it could fall that way eventually.

“The interest faded last week, so the whole window I worked towards that and then it faded. So then I was watching last week, thinking ‘what is the right thing to do?’.

“I feel at home here, in my own city. Everyone knows how I feel, but you have to look at all your options, but in the end I know I made the right choice.”

Gakpo also revealed that he spoke to two Premier league club, Leeds United and Southampton.

“I spoke to other clubs, Premier League clubs which could be a good step, but there are more factors to consider, like the World Cup,” Gakpo added.

“I spoke to the national team coach and asked for his advice. His advice was clear, that I should follow my feelings, but that a transfer in a World Cup year is such a transition, going from club to club. It’s not ideal for a player, and I agreed with him.

“From my side, it was also a bit last minute because I was looking at United and then I have to choose a different club. It all felt like a bit of a rush. Plus, it wasn’t nice for PSV because it was so last minute.”

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