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Fabinho: 'I was never close to joining Manchester United'

Fabinho: 'I was never close to Man Utd move'
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New Liverpool signing Fabinho insists that he was never close to joining Manchester United despite speculation linking him with the club while at Monaco.

New Liverpool signing Fabinho has insisted that he was never close to joining Manchester United despite previous speculation linking him with the club.

Fabinho was heavily tipped for a Premier League switch last summer following Monaco's impressive campaign both domestically and in Europe, but instead decided to stay at the Stade Louis II.

However, the 24-year-old insists that there was never an offer from United and also revealed that he did not have to think twice about joining Liverpool this summer.

"Yes, [it was] very easy. I was sad to leave Monaco, a club that gave me a lot of great moments, but in football sometimes you need new challenges and I thought it was time to move on," Fabinho told FourFourTwo.

"As soon as Liverpool declared their interest in signing me, it was a simple decision to make. A club with Liverpool's history wants you? Come on, you just pack your bags and go. It will be an honour to wear the famous red shirt.

"I was never close to signing for Manchester United, no. I heard things said about it, but the truth is it was never a strong possibility. I won't deny there were a few conversations about my situation with Monaco, but there was never an official offer from United."

Fabinho's first competitive appearance for Liverpool could come when they host West Ham United on the opening day of the season on August 12.


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Monaco's Fabinho celebrates scoring their sixth goal from the penalty  in the match against Marseille on August 27, 2017
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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