Porto president reveals how he tried to stop Telles from joining Man United

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FC Porto president Pinto Da Costa, has revealed the reason their former player, Alex Telles, wanted to join Manchester United.

Telles made a deadline day switch to Old Trafford for a fee around £15 million, as Olé Gunnar Solskjaer sought to strengthen his squad.

But Da Costa has revealed they tried to make the player stay, but he was decided on leaving to Manchester, and it was for a ‘strange’ reason.

Speaking in a recent interview with TVI, he said, “One week before the window closed, he [Telles] asked to leave because he wanted to go to Manchester.

“I tried to keep him, I tried to compensate him, even if it was to stay until the end of the year. But it’s not possible to keep a player who takes over publicly and before me and my management he wanted to leave.”

He added, “The argument for leaving is that the current coach of Brazil [Tite] only called players from three or four championships [excluding the Portuguese one]. I tried to contradict because he was at the national team at that time.”

We’re not sure how true Telles’ claims are, seeing as he was indeed a part of Brazil’s squad before his move, but are we happy he made the switch? You bet!

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