The Manchester City defender was approached by Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton after Leeds United took an early interest.
Joel Latibeaudiere reacted with ‘joyful hysterics’ after learning he had been scouted by Leeds United as a youngster and had offers from Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton before joining Manchester City, according to The Independent.
Latibeaudiere was recently loaned to FC Twente – where he is expected to experience senior-level football for the very first time.
And he has admitted via The Independent that he “wasn’t given the chances I believed I was going to be” before suffering a serious injury last season.
But the initial lure of Manchester City proved too strong when it came to choosing between the Premier League champions, Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton at the age of 13 (although the extent of Leeds’ interest in the Doncaster-born player is not clear).
“I went to all the clubs and looked around, but I always knew I’d go to City,” Latibeaudiere told The Independent. “They were planning to build the best team and the best academy in England. That’s what I wanted to be part of so that’s what sold it to me.”
Latibeaudiere is currently on international duty with England Under-20s, alongside players from Manchester United (Brandon Williams and Angel Gomes), Everton (Lewis Gibson) and Leeds (Jamie Shackleton and Jack Clarke).
Did Latibeaudiere make the right call choosing Manchester City over Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton?