Michael Keane comments on choosing Everton over Manchester United

Michael Keane of Everton scores his sides opening goal during the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Play-Offs round first leg match between Everton FC and Hajduk Split at Goodison Park on...

Liverpool and Manchester United reportedly wanted to sign Michael Keane before he left Burnley for Everton in the summer transfer window.

Michael Keane of Everton celebrates his goal during the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Play-Offs round first leg match between Everton FC and Hajduk Split at Goodison Park on August 17,...

Michael Keane has admitted to The Times that choosing Everton over Manchester United was not easy.

Keane joined Everton from Premier League rivals Burnley in the summer transfer window.

According to The Guardian, the Toffees had to pay the Clarets an initial transfer fee of £25 million with £6m potential add-ons. in order to secure the services of the 24-year-old central defender.

Everton's English defender Michael Keane (L) heads the ball under pressure from Tottenham Hotspur's South Korean striker Son Heung-Min (R) during the English Premier League football match...

The England international centre-back was in superb form last season and was a key player in Burnley staving off relegation to the Championship.

Keane started his professional club football career at United, but he failed to make an impact at Old Trafford and left the Red Devils on a permanent basis in 2015.

According to a report in The Sun in June, United and Liverpool were interested in signing Keane in the summer transfer window.

Keane has revealed that the Red Devils were interested in signing him in the summer, and has admitted that it was not easy turning them down, adding that his father would have delighted if he had signed for Jose Mourinho’s side.

Michael Keane of Everton beats Wissam Ben Yedder of Sevilla during a pre-season friendly match between Everton and Sevilla at Goodison Park on August 6, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

“They [United] were in touch with my agent and showed a lot of interest,” Keane told The Times. “They wanted me, but a few things happened and I thought Everton would be the best place for me to come.

“I thought I would get a lot of game time here, more than I possibly would at Manchester United, and that was a massive factor in my decision.”

“My family are all Man United fans so it was not an easy decision,” added Keane. “My dad would have been delighted if I had signed for United. But he is glad I have come to Everton and not Liverpool, put it that way.”

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