Anderlecht took Norwegian starlet Kristian Arnstad in 2019 and prior to agreeing a deal with the Jupiler Pro League side, he was also wanted by Manchester United and Ajax.
Earlier this month, the 17-year-old admitted he travelled to England and the Netherlands to undergo trials with the Reds Devils and the Eredivisie side.
The young midfielder has already made his first team debut for Vincent Kompany’s side this season and it took him just over a year to find his way into Anderlecht’s senior team.
VG interviewed Arnstad, and the Norway U19 international has talked about turning down an opportunity to join the Old Trafford club after giving deep thought to joining the Premier League giants. He also detailed reasons for rejecting United.
“There was a concrete offer. I considered all possibilities, but if you compare United with Anderlecht, then it’s much shorter path to the first team. That’s what I felt like,” he said.
“Anderlecht stood out very much for me, they have a good reputation for giving young players the chance. If you look at the average age… it’s completely insane. And what has happened since, is just a confirmation that I have made the right choice.”
Arnstad didn’t hesitate to explain that he views Anderlecht as an intermediate step to help him get a big move to the Premier League or other top leagues in Europe.
“It is to establish myself as a starting player for Anderlecht. Some might say it’s a little early and a lot to ask for, but if you don’t set high goals, then you don’t reach the top. And I’m aiming high,” the youngster explained.
When asked how high his goals are, Arnstad said: “After winning trophies with Anderlecht, I want to move on to a bigger league. Premier League, La Liga or Serie A. And top clubs in those leagues. That’s the goal.”