PSG defender Thomas Meunier has revealed that he could have left Paris in the summer transfer window, but did not receive an offer in which he deemed acceptable.
The full-back has been linked with a move to Manchester United for years now, and with the departure of captain Antonio Valencia, alongside Wan-Bissaka’s staggering price-tag, it looked as if the defender would be Solskjaer’s choice to slot into the right-back position at Old Trafford.
Despite various clubs as well as United, such as Arsenal, showing interest in him, he insists no offers were good enough for him to depart PSG.
The Belgian’s contract with PSG expires next summer, and it was expected that the French outfit would look to part ways with him. However, the 27-year-old opted to remain with the club for another year, saying he has always wanted to stay in Paris.
“It was an intense period, with a lot of interest and discussion,” Meunier told RTBF.
“I could have left but it was not done because there was nothing that suited the club or myself. Nothing was 100 per cent for it to work.
“I have always said that I wanted to stay in Paris.
“I still have one year on my contract and I still hope an extension can be secured.
“The situation is a little more complicated because I am no longer the preferred choice in my position, but I remain professional. I feel good there and we will see what happens during the season.”
United and Arsenal could still make a move for Meunier during the January transfer window, where he would have just 6 months left on his contract. But the defender insists that he is not looking to leave PSG.
“I have already spoken with the coach,” said Meunier. “We are aware that this year will be complicated. But I have always thought that leaving in the middle of the year is a bad idea because I think that the clubs which do business in January are clubs that, for me, act in haste.
“I have the impression when transfers are done in January that they are not thought out but rather a question of necessity. So for me a transfer in January is a no, even if I spend the first few months on the bench.”