Renato Sanches has revealed that he turned down joining Manchester United in order to join Bayern Munich, so he could play with world class players, reports the Mail.
Bayern reportedly hijacked United's deal for Sanches, signing him for £30m from Portuguese side Benfica. The 19-year-old won Euro 2016 with Portugal and starred, being named as Young Player of the Tournament.
Jose Mourinho was desperate to make the midfielder one of his first signings at Old Trafford, but Sanches opted to move to Munich under Carlo Ancelotti to play with world class players.
He said that Bayern: "R eally put in a lot of effort and I immediately got a feeling the people in charge believed in me as a player.
"That was the decisive factor behind my decision to join. Ancelotti always looks calm and in charge. You can just see he has a lot of experience.
"He is getting involved with his players a lot and is helping players to make individual progress.
"But I am also playing alongside a lot of world-class players here. I can learn from all of them, especially from the players who play in midfield like Arturo Vidal, Xabi Alonso and Thiago Alcantara."
Including add-ons, the deal for Sanches could eventually rise to up to £68m, depending on appearances and achievements. The teenager has appeared 23 times in his first season at the Allianz Arena.
United are currently fifth in the Premier League and are struggling to break into the top four, securing a Champions League spot, whereas Bayern are top of the Bundesliga, 10 points clear of second place, and are still in the Champions League, although progressing to the semi-finals will be tough as they lost 2-1 to Real Madrid.