Inter Milan full-back Yuto Nagatomo has revealed that he rejected a January move to Manchester United.
The 83-cap Japan international plies his trade at left-back for the San Siro giants, and has developed into an important player since his 2011 move to the club.
And it appears that he emerged as a target for United last month, during a period in which Louis van Gaal’s backline was hit with a series of injuries.
The left flank had become an area of genuine concern, but Nagatomo has claimed that he turned down the chance to move to Manchester:
“I like everything about Inter, I want to stay here and renew my contract,” he told Inter’s TV channel (via Metro).
“I turned down an offer from Manchester United, as my desire is to stay here. I have an excellent rapport with Roberto Mancini.”
Van Gaal has been forced to use a number of unorthodox options in defence this term, with left-sided defender Daley Blind at centre-back, while youngster Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has been called upon.
Nagatomo joined Inter from FC Tokyo in 2011 following a season on loan in Italy with Cesena and is a regular in Japan’s senior squad.