Daley Blind explains why he once turned 'incredible' Arsenal down

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The 25-year-old Manchester United midfielder had the chance to join the Gunners as a teenager.

Manchester United midfielder Daley Blind says he once turned down an 'incredible contract' from Premier League rivals Arsenal, according to the London Evening Standard.

Indeed, the Dutchman says he received an offer from the Gunners when he was a teenager but rejected them in favour of a deal with Ajax.

The 25-year-old earned less money by joining the Dutch side but wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father, Danny, and admits he had everything he needed at home.

Years later, Blind is now at Manchester United, having played against Arsenal in the top flight last term.

Blind is quoted as saying by the Standard: "They offered me an incredible contract, especially for a boy of my age. Ajax offered me a contract too at the same time. The money was nowhere near what I could earn at Arsenal. My dad left it up to me and I decided to stay at Ajax.

"I said no, partially because I was lucky to have everything I needed at home. The other reason I decided to say no, was that secretly I wanted to follow in the footsteps of my dad, Danny. He had been captain of Ajax, won every trophy in the world with them."

Plenty of competition

Blind's versatility will no doubt aid him ahead of the new Premier League season, as the level of competition within Manchester United's midfield has increased significantly thanks to the arrivals of Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Could the Dutchman have offered Arsene Wenger's side something in midfield or defence?

The Arsenal boss has claimed he has come close to signing a number of the world's best players in the past but this is a rare occasion when they player has said he himself turned the north London side down. We may never know...

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