John confirms Manchester United and Arsenal’s interest

Manchester United have been keeping close tabs on FC Twente’s young starlet Ola John, according to Itasportpress.

The 19 year-old Liberian-born Dutchman, who has come through the youth academy at FC Twente, broke into their first team last season and his performances looksto have caught the eye of Manchester United already, as they have been scouting the youngster.

John, brother of former Fulham, Leicester and Watford striker Collins John, is a Holland Under-19 international and has made 13 appearances for Twente so far, scoring one goal.

But John pledged his future to to Twente in December, after signing a new contract at the club through to 2014, on the advice of his older brother Collins.

John said: ”I speak to Collins everyday. He is proud of me and he told me to continue here.”

John also appeared to pour cold water on a potential move to England in the near future, saying: ”In any case it is too early to go to England and FC Twente is a good club so why would I want to leave?”

John is highly regarded in Holland and before last week’s Europa League encounter between Fulham and FC Twente, he revealed that not only were Manchester United interested in his services, but Arsenal too.

”Manchester United and Arsenal wanted me but I think I am still young and can learn a lot at Twente. If you are that good, the opportunity will come again when you are older. Playing in England is my dream of course.”

”You want to play as high as possible so that is my dream. Manchester is a beautiful club and Arsenal too.”

Sir Alex Ferguson has seemed to make it a priority for Manchester United to invest in young talent after signing David De Gea, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling in the past year. Ola John could potentially be the next young star to join the young revolution at Old Trafford.

Article courtesy of Tariq Saleh from the excellent Transfer Tavern
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