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£30m Man Utd target reveals why he turned down a return to his boyhood club ahead of return to Old Trafford

£30m Man Utd target Michael Keane has revealed how close he came to rejoining the club this summer.

Keane rose to prominence after leaving Man Utd for Burnley, and his assured performances in defence led to an England call-up.

As reported in Metro, Keane had the chance to rejoin Man Utd under Jose Mourinho before deciding to move to Everton in a £30m deal. Man Utd face Everton at Old Trafford tomorrow.

“Everton is a big club and has got a great fanbase. And we are in Europe,” said Keane.

“Man Utd are one of the biggest clubs in the world, so it was not an easy decision to make. I thought about it throughout the summer, maybe even a bit longer than that.”

“In the end I came to the decision that I wanted to join Everton and I am thankful I have done that because I think it is going to be the best thing for me in the long run.”

“I will, hopefully, play a lot of football here and make the step up into Europe.”

Man Utd will have to do without Paul Pogba for several weeks after the midfielder suffered a hamstring injury during the 3-0 Champions League victory ofer Basel in midweek. Ander Herrera is expected to take the French midfielder’s place.

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