Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan has claimed Manchester United were interested in signing him before he moved to the Etihad Stadium.
The German moved to City from Borussia Dortmund in 2016, but has revealed he held talks with the Red Devils few years before joining Pep Guardiola’s side.
But Gundogan has explained that a move to Old Trafford fell through because the timing wasn’t right and that his former side Dortmund were unwilling to sell at him at as then.
“It’s kind of true,” he told Sky Sports when asked if Manchester United tried to sign him before he joined City.
“There were talks. I think that was at least two or three years before I joined City when I was playing at Borussia Dortmund.
“One team-mate of mine, Shinji Kagawa, went to Man United and someone told me they came to a few games to watch him before they bought him.
“Then I took their attention but it never really went into advanced talks because Borussia Dortmund made it quite clear that they are not willing to sell me.
“I had also a few years left on my contract so there was not really a point to talk to anyone at that moment. So yeah in the end it didn’t happen.”
He added: “I’m very happy [to have joined City in the end]. I believe that everything happens for a reason.
“If I could change anything in my career, I wouldn’t. I’m just proud of where I came to and I’m really enjoying my time here.
“At the end, we all live for these kinds of rivalries in the city. So I also appreciate what Manchester United has done over the last few years and I enjoy playing against them, enjoy being in the same city as them because that’s what football is about.”
The German international has been outstanding this season scoring 11 goals in just 17 Premier League starts.