Ivan Perisic reveals he turned down the chance to join Manchester United and he doesn’t regret the decision

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Ivan Perisic has confirmed he turned down the chance to move to Manchester United in 2017 to remain with Inter Milan.

The winger was convinced to stay at the San Siro by incoming Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti, despite strong overtures from Jose Mourinho.

Perisic went on to score 11 goals in 39 games for the Italian side, before strarring for Croatia at the World Cup with goals in the semi-final and final.

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Perisic told FourFourTwo: “When Luciano Spalletti arrived [in June 2017], he showed tremendous desire to keep me in the team and made it clear he didn’t want to lose me. That was very encouraging, and I haven’t regretted my decision to stay at Inter. In football, small details in these situations are key.

“Admiration from a coach like Mourinho is definitely something that flattered me. It’s confirmation of hard work and good performances.

'When you’re praised by a guy like Mourinho – the manager of a huge club like Man United – it’s difficult not to think about such an offer. I’m glad he has a high opinion of me.

"These things motivate me to work and train hard, to achieve the best performances.”

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Despite turning down the chance in 2017, Perisic, 29, admitted he is open to a move to the Premier League later in his career.

Inter are said to be open to the idea of letting their star leave for the right price.

“In football, you never say never,” he says. “From the beginning of my career, I’ve had the ambition to play in as many big leagues as possible, and I still have that desire to test myself in other leagues. And I mean in the Spanish or English leagues.

“I hope Inter fans understand my point of view. I’m an athlete and a professional, I like challenges and this is my driving force. What the future will bring, I don’t know. Now I’m focused on Inter, as we try to make a bigger step forward from last season.”

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