Ravel Morrison claims Rene Meulensteen urged him to snub West Ham, regrets decision

Ravel Morrison claims Rene Meulensteen tried to convince him to reject a move to West Ham.

Ravel Morrison has told The Sun that if he had the chance again, he would reject West Ham in order to stay at Manchester United.

Morrison, 22, is currently playing in Italy with Lazio after a controversial time in England, with a move abroad seen as the way for him to rebuild his career.

Whilst the playmaker was highly rated at Manchester United, a spate of off-field problems curtailed his career at Old Trafford, despite being tipped for stardom.

In January 2012, after just three appearances for United, Morrison decided that his time under Sir Alex Ferguson was up, and he made the move to West Ham United.

The Hammers were in the Championship at the time, and Morrison made just one appearance as Sam Allardyce guided the club back to the Premier League at the first time of asking - and whilst Morrison impressed in the top flight at the start of the 2013-14 season, his great form eventually fizzled out, leading to that move to Lazio this summer.

Now though, Morrison has admitted to The Sun that then-Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen urged him not to leave United for Upton Park, as he wouldn't be able to make it back to the level of United again - and admitted that if he could relive the scenario again, he wouldn't have signed for West Ham at all.

"I remember my coach, Rene Meulensteen, trying to advise me not to leave when West Ham came in for me," said Morrison. "He said, ‘If you leave the club, it’ll be hard to get back’. But I was young and wanted to play football."

"I would have done things differently if I was in that situation now. But it’s done now and there’s no going back. All I can do is look forward," he added.

Morrison's time in Italy hasn't been a roaring success so far, and many assume that he will end up back in English football at some point soon - though it's unlikely to be with Manchester United or West Ham.

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