Valverde explains why he turned down chance to join Arsenal


Real Madrid ace, Federico Valverde has given a reason why he turned down a chance to join Arsenal.

Valverde came close to joining the Premier League giant after a trial at the club back in 2016.

But instead, the Uruguay international opted to sign for Real from Penarol.

Speaking on the development, Valverde said he snubbed the opportunity to join Arsenal because he ‘never wanted to go to England’.

“If you Google me, you will see stories about how I almost went to Arsenal when I was 16. That is maybe half-true,” Valverde wrote in his column for The Players’ Tribune.

“It’s nothing against Arsenal, but I never wanted to go to England. At that time, the business side of football took over.

“Certain people were telling me, “Who wouldn’t want to go play for Arsenal? You want to stay here in Uruguay? That’s crazy!”. What they were really saying under their breath was, “We can all make a lot of money if you go.”

“They sent me on trial to London for a week, and I just was not comfortable. If you only think of material things, it sounds great. But we are not robots.

“The reality was that my family couldn’t come to London with me. I’d have to live alone, not speaking the language, at 16 years old. For every one kid who succeeds in moving overseas, you don’t see the 100 who fail.”