Inter goalkeeper André Onana has revealed that playing for Manchester United was an irresistible opportunity and all the parties wanted the move to happen.
The Cameroon international will undergo a medical with United today, as he is already in the city and has left Milan last night. The move is all set to go through, with personal terms already agreed between the English side and the goalkeeper, who recently spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
He revealed that he is always someone who takes up challenges and all parties wanted the move to United to happen and it was an irresistable chance for him.
He said: “The important thing is to be honest and always tell people the truth. I am a person who always wants new challenges. Playing in the Premier League and for a club like United is irresistible. All parties wanted this to happen. But what matters is that, even if I had stayed, I would have been equally happy because I never had any problems at Inter. Indeed, a magic was born in Milan that is almost difficult to explain.”
He also revealed that Inter deserved to win the Champions League and should have beaten Manchester City in the final.
“We were close to touching it, we deserved it. We played against City head-on, only details were missing, but this is football. Personally, I hope to win the Champions League with United, but I also hope that Inter replay a final and win it. All the fans deserve it, both those who came to Istanbul who made us play as if we were at home, and those who pushed and will continue to push from outside.”
He further stated that he wants to win trophies at Old Trafford, as he follows in the footsteps of club legends such as Peter Schmeichel, Edwin van der Sar and David de Gea, with the Spaniard having left some days ago.
“Yes, being chosen to continue this tradition makes me proud and responsible: I want to win trophies with my new companions.”
He has previously made it clear that he has huge admiration and love for Inter and he stated that he will forever be an Interista and thanked everyone who helped him at the club.
“Thank you is the word I want to use. I say it to all the workers of Pinetina and of the company, to the managers, to the president, to the coach, to the comrades. But above all to the fans. I felt that they really loved me. I played in Milan for a year, but I’ll be an Interista forever. Now I’ll cheer in front of the TV. I wish Inter to win the Scudetto that we missed right away. I know how much everyone wants the second star, I hope the time has come to put it on their chests.”
United will sign Onana for a total fee of €55 million, as the goalkeeper leaves Inter one season after joining from Ajax on a free transfer.
Kaustubh Pandey | GIFN