Summer signing claims preference in joining Southampton over Man United

Southampton summer signing Jordy Clasie has revealed that he would have rejected Manchester United for his current club, according to reports from Mirror.

Clasie was heavily linked with a move to United during the summer, but the Netherlands international joined the St. Mary’s side via a £10.5 million deal.

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It was believed that Clasie was being targeted by Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal to be the club’s new holding midfielder, but no offer was made due to United signing both Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich and Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin.

After Schneiderlin’s exit, Saints boss Ronald Koeman pushed to sign Clasie, with the club agreeing a deal with Feyenoord for Clasie last month.

And despite United’s interest, Clasie claims that even if a concrete offer was made, he would have chosen to play for Southampton instead of going to Old Trafford with Louis van Gaal.

“If the United interest had become concrete I think I still would have preferred Southampton,” Clasie said for The Sun. “It’s better to start lower and finish higher than the other way round.”

The 24-year-old played 46 games in all competitions last season, scoring two goals.