Full-Back Rules Out January Move
Manchester United transfer target Thomas Meunier has ruled out a move away from Paris Saint-Germain in the January transfer window.
The Belgium international full-back is in the final year of his contract with the French club but despite interest from a number of clubs – including United – nobody could get a deal over the line.
Speaking to Belgian TV station RTBF, Meunier admitted he had been in talks over an exit.
“It was an intense period, with a lot of interests, discussions,” he said. “I could have left but it was not done because there were discrepancies.
“Everything was not 100 percent together for it to work.”
However, he added he is hopeful of securing a new deal.
“I still have one year of contract and I was hoping – I still hope – for an extension to my contract. But the situation becomes a little more complicated because I am no longer the priority to my position.
“I remain professional. I feel good there and we will see what will happen during the season.
“I have already spoken with the coach. We are aware that this season will be complicated but I have always thought that leaving in the middle of the season was a bad idea because I think that the clubs that buy in January are clubs that, for me, act in haste.
“I have the impression when transfers in January are not thoughtful transfers but a question of necessity rather than envy. So for me a transfer in January is not on, even if I spend the opening months on the bench.”
Arsenal, Valencia and Juventus were interested in Meunier along with Manchester United.