‘Very close’ – West Brom hero reveals transfer deal with Man United


Former West Bromwich Albion striker Salomon Rondon came “very close” to join Manchester United in January.

United were desperate to sign a striker during the window and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finally managed to trap Odion Ighalo on loan from Shanghai Shenhua.

Rondon was on United’s wish list, but stayed with Dalian Yifang after difficult discussions with manager Rafa Benitez.

Rondon said: “Luck was very close to coming back to England.

“The owner of my club said that he paid a lot for me, he wanted me to stay and didn’t want to let me go. He said, “It’s not on our mind to let you go. ”

“I spoke to Rafa, then they chose another player, it’s over and I had no chance to go.

“I stayed and I take this experience with me in my life, in my career and I have to wait because I signed for two years and if I stay for two years, it doesn’t matter to me.

“My agents haven’t said too much. They said they would call me if they heard, but the opportunity to go was really, really close and the decisions are with the owners.

“It was a good opportunity for me to return to Europe but I stayed in China and then we will see what will happen in the future.

“I really liked England, I followed the Premier League a lot, my children now speak English better than I do!

“It is a very good thing for me and it was a great opportunity for me and my family. “


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