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The choice to sign for Bayern Munich was actually made quite quickly, reveals Ryan Gravenberch

Ajax starlet Ryan Gravenberch has admitted that while he was ready to sign for Manchester United, he had already given his word to Bayern Munich in October and the decision was made quickly. The 20-year-old is expected to sign for German giants Ajax this summer.

Despite being strongly linked with a move to England and Spain, reports had indicated that Ryan Gravenberch’s attention had been drawn to Bayern Munich. The German giants have been considering a move for the 20-year-old for over a year and reports indicate the club are closing in on a deal. However, while speculation has surfaced that Ajax could convince Gravenberch to sign a new contract, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has reported that Bayern have their man.

The Bavarians are close to signing the highly-rated 20-year-old from Ajax with the Eredivisie giants keen to let Gravenberch go before his contract expires in the summer of 2023. But Manchester United were also in the running and Gravenberch backed that up and admitted that while United are a ‘big, beautiful club’ they already had a deal with Bayern. He also added that “the plan they sketched out to me made sense” and that’s why he agreed to sign.

“Manchester United is a very big and beautiful club, but I already had such a good feeling at Bayern and I had given my word. My choice was finally made quite quickly. In October, I met the coach Julian Nagelsmann, sporting president Hasan Salihamidzic and technical director Marco Neppe in a hotel at Schiphol, the plan they sketched out to me made sense,” Gravenberch told De Telegraaf.

Not only that, Gravenberch confirmed that Ajax made a last-minute contract offer and one he actually considered but ultimately rejected for a move to Bayern. He also revealed that his ‘love for the club will always remain’ but feels he is ready for a new challenge and the one the Bundesliga offers.

“In the end, Ajax made me a royal offer, and if Bayern hadn’t made such a good impression, I would definitely have signed. I walked there for 12 years and the Ajax made me the player I am today.

“I think it is logical that Ajax gains something from me, because the club has always been good to me. We are parting as good friends. My love for the club will always remain. That I am ready for the Bundesliga is a difficult question, but I certainly have that feeling,” he added.

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