Gary Rowett: 'Birmingham City rejected Victor Lindelof for not being tough enough'

Rowett: 'Birmingham rejected Lindelof'
© Offside
Former Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett reveals that he turned down the chance to sign Victor Lindelof because he was not "tough enough", but admits it was a mistake.

Former Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett has revealed that he turned down the chance to sign Victor Lindelof because he was not "tough enough".

The 23-year-old joined Manchester United in the summer for £39.5m from Portuguese giants Benfica, but has so far failed to nail down a regular starting place for Jose Mourinho this season.

Rowett, who currently manages Derby County, said that he was approached by an agent who offered Lindelof's services to the Blues, but the 43-year-old rejected the Swedish defender.

The Rams boss told Sky Sports News: "About two or three years ago when we first went into Birmingham an agent called us and said we are trying to get some of our younger players out to expose them to different levels.

"We had a look at [Lindelof] and put it to some of the staff, but it was ironic because they felt he wasn't probably quite tough enough.

"Then suddenly he's been touted around at £20m or £30m. So I think we made a mistake. To be fair he got straight back in the Benfica side very quickly and of course went from strength to strength."

Lindelof failed to make the bench in three of United's opening four Premier League games, though he was involved in the Champions League win over Basel.

Share this article now:
Jose Mourinho watches on during the Premier League game between Stoke City and Manchester United on September 9, 2017
Read Next:
Mourinho: 'We have to respect EFL Cup'
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
1Manchester CityMan City27233179205972
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd27175551193256
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs27157552242852
8Leicester CityLeicester2798103940-135
12West Ham UnitedWest Ham2779113446-1230
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2777132536-1128
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton27610112236-1428
15Crystal Palace2769122542-1727
16Swansea CitySwansea2776142037-1727
17Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2776142347-2427
19Stoke CityStoke2767142753-2625
20West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom27311132140-1920
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account