Angel Gomes says he quit Manchester United ‘for a fresh start’ after snubbing their offer to join Lille in the summer transfer market.
The winger joined the Red Devils’ academy at the age of six and made his senior team debut back in 2017, becoming the youngest player to play for the Old Trafford outfit since Duncan Edwards in 1953.
Under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last season, Angel made just six appearances across all competitions.
And with his deal due to expire this summer, Gomes made the decision to depart Old Trafford on a free transfer for Lille, who immediately loaned the player out to Portuguese side Boavista.
In an interview with The Independent, Angel said of United: ‘It’s such a special club but I just wanted to be able to play and express myself.
‘I was offered a great contract, I had all my family and friends around me, but I decided that I was willing to sacrifice that to pursue a different path.
‘It’s hard to understand how difficult a decision that was. I’m still a United fan. I could have stayed and gone out on loan but it just felt like I needed a fresh start.’
Meantime, Manchester United haven’t given up hope of landing Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona, according to Catalan newspaper Sport.
United were in negotiations to land the France international in the closing weeks of the previous transfer market, but no move materialised.
He is now into the final 18 months of his current deal at the Camp Nou, and that may force his price down.
A move to United is therefore still possible, as the Frenchman could fill the right-wing position in the Red Devils’ attack.