Former Newcastle United and West Brom forward Salomon Rondon has revealed that he came on the verge to become Manchester United player during the in the winter transfer window before the Red Devils ended up securing the services of Odion Ighalo.
The 20-times English champions were rumoured with a number of attackers during the winter transfer window, including Rondon, before Ighalo has joined them from Chinese club, Shanghai Shenhua until the end of the campaign.
Rondon has recently confirmed that he was the subject of interest from the Red Devils, however, Dalian Yifang were not prepared to sell the 30-year-old forward in the middle of the season.
“The chance was very close to come back to England. The owner of my club said that they paid a lot for me, he wanted me to stay and didn’t want to let me go. He said: ‘It’s not in our minds to let you go.’ I talked to Rafa and then they chose another player, it finished and I didn’t have any chance to go,” The Mirror quotes Rondon as saying.
“I stayed and I take that experience with me in my life, in my career and I have to wait because I’ve signed for two years and if I stay for two years it doesn’t matter for me.
“My agents didn’t say too much. They said they’d call me if they had some news but the opportunity to go was really, really close and the decisions are with the owners. It was a good opportunity for me to come back to Europe but I stayed in China and then we will see what happens in the future.”
Rondon has managed to found back of the net 11 times in the Premier League during his loan spell at Newcastle United last campaign before departing from West Bromwich Albion on a permanent basis for the Chinese Super League team.