Club Brugge defender Clinton Mata has admitted he turned down a move to Premier League strugglers Fulham during the summer transfer window, speaking to Het Laaste Nieuws.
While the Cottagers did get defenders through the door in October, landing Tosin Adarabioyo, Terence Kongolo and Joachim Andersen, they missed out on a few as well.
Sassuolo’s former Barcelona youngster Marlon failed a medical, work permit problems scuppered a move for Sampdoria ace Omar Colley and, speaking to Fox, Timo Baumgartl admitted he chose to fight for his place at PSV rather than join Scott Parker’s strugglers.
Now we can add Mata to that long list.
“Hertha Berlin and Hoffenheim made me a proposal. My name was also on the table at Bayer Leverkusen, Wolfsburg and Schalke. Fulham’s (interest) was also concrete,” says the Angola international, who instead opted to sign a new contract until 2024.
“(The new deal) was not a difficult decision at all. I feel good here and I play for trophies.
“Then why should I leave? To play football elsewhere for 15th place? No thanks. In addition, the board has made a financial effort to keep me. I want to thank them for that and give something back on the field.”
While Fulham already look favourites for relegation after picking up one point from a possible 18, Mata will be in action for Brugge tonight in a mouth-watering Champions League clash with Italian giants Lazio.
The former Genk ace was also named Brugge’s player of the year as they secured the Jupiler League title last season.