Michael Keane reveals why snubbed Manchester United to join Everton

Michael Keane has revealed that he snubbed a move to his former club, Manchester United, to complete a club record-equalling £30million move to Everton.

The England defender has signed a five-year deal at Goodison Park.

Keane admits that new manager Ronald Koeman, was the driving force behind his decision to join the Toffees.

“He used to play in my position. I have been fortunate enough that in the clubs I have played in the past, the manager has played in my position as well and I feel like he was a very classy centre-half so he can still teach me things.” Keane told Sky Sports News HQ.

“I want to develop, I am only 24 years old, which is young for a centre-half but I feel how much they wanted me was a big factor as well.

“Bill Kenwright has got a great relationship with my representatives and he was a major factor in me coming here, and Steve Walsh as well. I know him from my days at Leicester, so I felt really wanted by everyone at the club and I just can’t wait to get going now.”

The Manchester United academy graduate, also insisted that Everton is the ideal place for him to grow as a player.

“Of course it was a temptation [to join Manchester United] – it’s your boyhood club but you have got to take your heart out of it sometimes and think what’s best for you, and I feel as if this is the best place for me to come and continue my development.

“It’s a club with such big history and a great fan base so I can’t wait to pull on the shirt and play for this club.”

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