Why Ajax wonderkid Bazoer snubbed Manchester City

The 18-year-old's brother and agent has revealed the midfielder was tempted by interest from the Premier League champions but ultimately decided to stay close to his family
Netherlands starlet Riechedly Bazoer turned down the chance to join Manchester City before moving from PSV to Ajax in the summer of 2013, according to the player's brother and agent.

Back in November 2012, Goal revealed that Bazoer was being courted by the Premier League champions as well as Chelsea and Arsenal, only for the teenage midfielder to subsequently opt to make an acrimonious switch from Eindhoven to Amsterdam.

And while Irchandly Bazoer admits City's interest was serious and his brother was shown around the club's training complex, he is confident the 18-year-old made the best decision for his career development.

"City is a club where they do things quite rationally," Irchandly told Helden magazine. "The turnover of players is very fast, but their youth academy is fantastic. They have everything: top trainers, top facilities and there are a lot of big names. It all fits.

"Financially and in a sporting sense, the offer was great. When a student gets the chance to go to Harvard, he will go, right? But Riechedly wanted to stay close to his family and friends. Then all the money in the world doesn't count. And Ajax offered a great sporting opportunity.

"PSV was not happy with his transfer to Ajax. But the way things are going, we're very happy we did it."

Now 18, Bazoer has already represented Ajax at senior level, having been part of the Netherlands squad that claimed the European Under-17 Championship in 2012.

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