Borussia Monchengladbach youngster Luca Netz has explained again why he elected to turn down a move to Manchester City when they came calling.
The left-back is one of the long-list of young German footballers currently emerging onto the scene in the Bundesliga after making his debut in January this year.
He made 15 appearances in all competitions for Hertha Berlin last season before a £3.6m move to Borussia Monchengladbach in August.
Since then, he’s established himself in the first team of his new club, with four of his five appearances so far seeing him in the starting eleven.
He’s clearly a talent for the future and one that clubs in the German top flight and further away will be keeping a close eye on in the coming years.
One of them are Manchester City, who already expressed an interest in him when he was younger and were keen to take him to the Etihad.
That’s a proposal he turned down outright, recently explaining that he didn’t feel he would get the gametime he needs to continue his development at the club.
That’s a sentiment he’s now reiterated, explaining the choice when he was recently asked about the interest by Sky Germany.
“I liked the whole Gladbach project better than at Hertha,” he told them.
“I had good talks with Gladbach. They convinced me that the sporting perspective would allow me to make more of myself.
“I hardly heard about the offer myself. My father told me that a scout from Manchester City had enquired, but that wasn’t a big issue.
“For me, the transfer would have come too soon. I’m still too young for the Premier League and Manchester City. It’s a huge club. I don’t think I would have got game time there.”