Prior to David Moyes’ dismissal as Manchester United manager, reports claimed Danny Welbeck was considering his future.
The story came as a surprise considering the England international was United born-and-bred, and because he had enjoyed a far more productive spell last season than he had in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final campaign.
And yet suddenly there was talk of a possible move to Tottenham Hotspur or Arsenal, with the player seemingly frustrated by his lack of chances in his favoured striking position.
How many chances he will get up front under Louis van Gaal remains to be seen, with Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney unlikely to see much time on the bench, but Welbeck has now spoken of his pleasure at the Dutchman’s appointment.
In quotes published by the Independent, the 23-year-old said, “I heard the news and I am happy.
“He is a great man, a great manager. Looking at his CV tells you he has managed at some big clubs.”
So are those exit rumours a thing of the past?
It is impossible to say for certain, but things have definitely gone quiet following Moyes’ departure. And Welbeck seems excited to get to work under a man who has coached some of the best in the game.
He can only hope that the charm offensive, followed by what he hopes is an impressive World Cup, gives him the chances up front for United that he seemingly craves.