Donyell Malen was tipped for big things at Arsenal but walked away for Eredivisie club PSV Eindhoven back in 2017.
Donyell Malen has revealed to De Telegraaf that Arsenal wanted to extend his contract in the summer of 2017, but he opted that a move to the Netherlands would have been far better for his career.
The 20-year-old striker moved to Arsenal from Ajax back in 2015, but he spent just two years in London, failing to make a single first-team appearance despite scoring 44 goals at youth level.
Despite his lack of first-team chances, however, Donyell Malen was very highly rated at Emirates Stadium. Then head coach Arsene Wenger hailed the youngster’s displays during the club’s 2017 pre-season tour, as reported by the Sun.
Just a few weeks later, however, Donyell Malen was on his way out of Emirates Stadium, and the Dutchman returned home on transfer deadline day, joining Eredivisie giants.
And, speaking to De Telegraaf, the attacker has now shed light on why he opted to give up on his Gunners dream.
“That I was sent away from Arsenal is certainly not true. I still had a contract for a year, and Arsenal even wanted to extend that,” the player said.
“I don’t play football for the money. I never did that. Otherwise, I would not have left England.”
So far, the Dutch star’s decision has probably been justified.
Donyell Malen has played 40 matches for PSV this season, netting ten goals, even if many of his appearances have been as an impact substitute.