Manchester United signed Belgian youngster Indy Boonen on a three-year deal in February of this year after the attacking midfielder impressed on trial at Carrington, and his father has revealed that Arsenal were also interested in his son’s signature.
The Red Devils beat a wide array of clubs to his signature, including Feyenoord, Vfl Wolfsburg, FC Basel, and Arsenal. Though his father claims that his son always had his heart set on a move to Manchester.
Boonen’s father told Het Belang van Limburg: “Indy first went on trial with Salzburg, Manchester United were the second club,” as quoted by The Sport Review.
“Arsenal, Feyenoord, Wolfsburg and Basel were also after him; Ajax had also shown an interest”, Boonen senior continued.
“But Indy always wanted to join Manchester United and after his week-long trial period he called me and said, ‘I want to play football here’.”
The 16-year-old has linked up with United’s Under-18 set-up, and like compatriot Adnan Januzaj, could be one to watch out for in the future at Old Trafford.
Players are currently away on international duty, with England facing San Marino – live streaming and more here – and the Red Devils will be enjoying the break following their defeat to Swansea City last weekend.
They next face fierce rivals Liverpool at the Theatre of Dreams.