Origi reveals Manchester United and Bayern snubs

ShareClose Comments
The Belgium international forward claims he turned down both the Red Devils and the Bundesliga champions earlier in his career before arriving at Liverpool

Liverpool striker Divock Origi has revealed how he passed up opportunities to join both Manchester United and Bayern Munich before he made the switch to Anfield.

Origi claims he was wanted by United as a teenager, instead opting to move to Lille when he was 15.

Neville hits back at Karius

After impressing in Ligue 1, Origi was signed by Liverpool in 2014, the Belgian deciding on a move to the Premier League rather than joining Bundesliga giants Bayern.

"I started with the national team at Under-16s. It was a very good year for me, a lot of scouts were coming to my dad. I heard Manchester United wanted to sign me, some Italian clubs and German clubs," Origi said.

"I visited Lille's training centre. I was amazed how good it was. I saw how Eden Hazard had grown from young player to big player winning the league with them and that was something very nice. They have a very good reputation at developing young players.

"My heart said: 'go to Lille'. I remember coming home from school, sitting in the kitchen and my dad said: 'the choice is yours, what do you want to do?' I decided to go to Lille.

"[In 2014] there were offers from everywhere. Bayern were interested, all these clubs. But I came to Liverpool, I saw the facilities, I took some time out of my vacation to visit Melwood and speak with [then manager] Brendan Rodgers.

Balo: I will NEVER return to Liverpool

"When I came in, everyone knew my name, they knew who I was and they were looking at a video of me even from the Under-15s.

"They knew about my qualities and when I saw the values of the club - passing, pressing, fast players - I was like: 'this is the place I want to go.'"

Next article:
'This is the France we love' – Griezmann hails diversity of World Cup winning side
Next article:
Roma want Donnarumma agreement before allowing Alisson exit
Next article:
‘Giroud is a World Cup winner!’ – Kenyans react to France win over Croatia
Next article:
African All Stars Transfer News & Rumours: Napoli demand £80 million for Koulibaly
Next article:
Pele welcomes Mbappe to exclusive club but threatens comeback to set more records
Close