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Former Manchester City and RB Leipzig starlet Noah Ohio admits Vincent Kompany was ‘disappointed’ by his decision to turn down Burnley in favour of Standard Liege, speaking to La Derniere Heure. 

Sean Dyche’s Turf Moor successor has certainly made good use of his Etihad connections thus far. 

CJ Egan-Riley, Taylor Harwood-Bellis and goalkeeper Aro Muric have all joined Burnley from the Premier League champions. And Ohio, who spent three years at Man City before leaving for Leipzig in 2019, could have joined them before opting instead for a fresh start in Belgium. 

“I chose Standard because I liked the project,” Ohio says, via Voetbal Primeur. “I could have stayed in Germany or gone to England, but (Standard coach) Ronny Deila talked me through a lot (and) I liked his discourse because he was honest with me.”

Ohio then admits he talked to Kompany, making it clear that he wouldn’t be arriving in Lancashire.

“I informed Vincent Kompany, who also wanted to sign me, of my decision. He was a bit disappointed.” 

Kompany frustrated as Noah Ohio turns down Burnley move


Ohio, a 19-year-old centre-forward who has represented England and the Netherlands at youth level, scored five goals on loan at Austria Vienna last term. He has also spent time at Manchester United in the past. 

“I had seen how some other players around my age had developed abroad,” Ohio said when explaining his decision to leave England behind in 2019. “People like Jadon Sancho, who left City for Borussia Dortmund. 

“I was 16 at the time and obviously I wasn’t going to go straight from the academy to first-team football. 

“I could have continued at City. And maybe I’d be the best player in the under-18s and so on. But I felt my development would be better (served) if I was playing against men.” 

He is not the first player to rebuff Kompany’s advances this summer. Jackson Muleka turned down the Clarets for Besiktas – though work permit problems certainly played their part – while £4 million shot-stopper Bart Verbruggen opted to stay at Anderlecht. 

And that Ohio snub leaves Burnley in desperate need of a new striker with their Championship campaign beginning against Huddersfield Town on Friday. 

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