Everton star admits 'sitting on the fence' over Man United move

Leighton Baines

Leighton Baines was linked with a switch to Old Trafford in the summer and the England defender has admitted he was torn over what to do.

With Patrice Evra’s contract expiring in the summer, Manchester United have been linked with a host of new left-backs.

The outgoing Premier League champions were heavily linked with Leighton Baines last summer, with David Moyes looking to bring his former charge to Old Trafford.

The England international spurned the chance to move to Manchester, signing a new contract at Goodison Park.

Baines has spoken out about his thoughts over a potential move and admitted that he was on the fence for a while.

“I guess you never know if you’re doing the right thing or not but at the time, it’s not your decision as a player to make those calls,” said Baines, quoted by The Daily Mail.

“I wanted to be kept informed. I spoke to the manager privately on numerous occasions, I spoke with the chairman.

“It was a bit of a stressful time because you’re not sure what way it’s going to go. You just try to conduct yourself in the proper manner as much as you can. I had those conversations myself. I didn’t have someone in there for me feeding back.

“I spoke with the manager, the chairman and we had private conversations. They kept me in the loop all along. From this end you might get credit for turning someone down that you probably don’t deserve because you didn’t, I sat on the fence and saw how the thing played out.

“If I was playing for a foreign club I may have acted differently but I think there is a different level of respect. Maybe it was just how I was brought up.”

Baines is expected to be England’s number one choice left-back at this summer’s World Cup.

The Everton man has been consistently impressive for the Merseysiders this season.

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