Paris Saint-Germain defender Thomas Meunier has said he turned down a summer move to Everton due to their lack of European football.
The Belgian international was linked with a switch to the Premier League throughout the summer, with Everton one of several clubs reported to be interested in securing a deal for the 28-year-old.
Meunier, previously linked with the likes of Man Utd and Arsenal, has revealed that he held talks regarding a potential move to Goodison Park, though says the opportunity to play regular European football at PSG persuaded him to remain in the French capital.
“There was interest and there have been conversations, but it never came to a point where I had to decide: Do I sign or not?“ Meunier said in an interview with Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws. “Always one of the parties did not agree.”
Asked if the situation was frustrating, Meunier explained: “No, because I have always made it clear that my ambition was to stay with PSG. I did not want to leave.
“Because playing at PSG is special. You are part of a team that can win a European competition, that is not something many players can say.
“I could have signed with Everton – a good club. I would have played a lot, that’s for sure, and had a lot of fun too.
“But Everton doesn’t play in European competition.”
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