The Croatia star came close to joining United in 2017
Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic has spoken out over his failed move to Manchester United in 2017.
Perisic, who scored in Croatia’s World Cup final defeat to France in July, continues to be linked with the Red Devils.
And he could have been a Manchester United player today if the club had matched Inter Milan’s £50million asking price before the start of last season.
Perisic, 29, told FourFourTwo: “When [Inter Milan manager] Luciano Spalletti arrived [in June 2017], he showed tremendous desire to keep me in the team and made it clear he didn’t want to lose me.
“That was very encouraging, and I haven’t regretted my decision to stay at Inter. In football, small details in these situations are key.
“Admiration from a coach like [Jose] Mourinho is definitely something that flattered me.
“It’s confirmation of hard work and good performances. When you’re praised by a guy like Mourinho – the manager of a huge club like Man United – it’s difficult not to think about such an offer.
“I’m glad he has a high opinion of me. These things motivate me to work and train hard, to achieve the best performances.”