Sevilla midfielder Thomas Delaney has revealed talk of a move to Crystal Palace came about courtesy of old rumours linking him to Everton.
The midfielder elected to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer when it became clear he would be playing a reduced role at the club moving forwards.
He eventually joined Sevilla in a £5.4m deal in August but before then had been heavily linked with a potential move to the Premier League.
Crystal Palace were named among his suitors, with Patrick Vieira keen to add to his squad after several left at the end of their contracts.
At one point, it was claimed that they were trying ‘intensively’ to get a deal over the line for the Denmark international; efforts which obviously went unrewarded.
It seems there was not much truth in that rumour, though, with Delaney revealing that the expectations of him going to the Premier League were actually just a result of old rumours linking him to Everton.
“I think those expectations were based on an old story from my days in Bremen,” he told Kicker.
“At that time, Everton FC wanted to sign me, and in the course of that, I said that I would like to play in England, but also in the USA or Japan.
“The only thing was that it wouldn’t be possible to do all that.
“I later switched to BVB because it was the right move for me at the time. Just like it was the right thing to do now, to go to Sevilla.”