£30m star hints Man Utd wanted to sign him before move to Merseyside
EVERTON defender Michael Keane has hinted that Manchester United wanted to re-sign him, but has spoken of his delight at moving to Goodison Park.
Everton completed the signing of the former Manchester United defender from Burnley yesterday for a fee of £30million.
The 24-year-old left Old Trafford in 2015 after Louis van Gaal deemed him surplus to requirements.
But he has since transformed into one of England’s best centre-backs, helping Burnley finish 16th in their first season back in the Premier League.
Keane also made his England debut last term in a 1-0 defeat to Germany back in March.
Manchester United were being heavily linked with a move for him but their capture of Victor Lindelof from Benfica seemingly ended all hopes of an emotional return.
However, speaking after completing his move to Everton, the former Red Devil appeared to hint he was on Jose Mourinho’s radar by saying he was tempted by the prospect of heading back to Old Trafford.
“Of course it was a temptation – it’s your boyhood club but you have got to take your heart out of it sometimes and think what’s best for you,” he said.
“I feel as if this is the best place for me to come and continue my development.
“It’s a club with such big history and a great fan base so I can’t wait to pull on the shirt and play for this club.
“I have been fortunate enough that in the clubs I have played in the past, the manager has played in my position as well and I feel like he was a very classy centre-half so he can still teach me things.
“I want to develop, I am only 24 years old, which is young for a centre-half but I feel how much they wanted me was a big factor as well.”
Speaking back in March, Keane said his performances for Burnley had shown Van Gaal was wrong to let him leave United.
“I was always confident in my ability,” he said.
“I always thought I would make it at United. A few changes in managers did not help and when I left I felt I had a point to prove, and it made me work that bit harder.
“I feel maybe I have proved a point. I feel I have done well, personally, so there is not much more I can do.”