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Manchester United and Arsenal target Jonathan David explains why he rejected Premier League move for Lille


David was being courted by a host of Premier League clubs (Picture: Getty Images)

Jonathan David has revealed he turned down a move to the Premier League in favour of Lille due to concerns over playing time in England’s top flight.

The 20-year-old has made a name for himself at Belgian side Gent, scoring 18 goals in 27 Pro League appearances last term.

The attacker – who already has netted 11 times in his first 12 international games for Canada – was being chased by a whole host of Europe’s top clubs.

Arsenal and Man United both reportedly held talks with the player’s agent over a potential move.

However, Lille swooped in and signed the youngster for a reported €31.5 million fee, becoming their record signing above the recently departed Victor Osimhen.

David admitted the thinking behind his decision was based on where he could gain the most playing time and Ligue 1 offered more potential for him to grow than the Premier League.

David joined Lille in a club-record €31.5m move (Picture: Getty Images)

‘Everyone knows the Premier League is a high-quality league,’ he told France Bleu Nord.

‘But my choice was dictated by the fact that above all, I wanted to be sure of playing.

‘My choice was made quite early. But I understand that it took a little while to finalise between the two clubs.

‘Gent wanted to keep me one more season, but I had made my choice and they respected it.

‘I always knew it was going to be done, even if it took a little while. I really liked the sports project that Luis Campos [Lille’s sporting director] and the club management sold to me.

‘That’s really what encouraged me to join Lille. In fact, I especially wanted to join a club where I know that I will keep playing and getting better.

‘There is a very good team here with very good players.’

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