Future Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong admitted Paris Saint-Germain were ‘a really good option’ to join.
The Dutch international will join the Catalan giants in an €86m deal from Ajax this summer after prolonged speculation regarding his future.
Earlier this week, the central midfielder confessed he rejected the opportunity to join Tottenham last summer from Ajax.
“One morning, reports emerged that I was joining PSG for €75m,” De Jong told Four Four Two, as cited by ESPN FC.
“I woke up a little later that morning as we were training that afternoon and my girlfriend had already gone out.
“When she came back, she said to me: 'I was in the car and I heard on the radio that you have signed for PSG – is that right?' I knew deep down that was untrue, but part of me wondered if the two clubs had reached an agreement.
“PSG was a really good option. I would have had a chance to be a starter. It is one of the best teams in the world, with players like Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, as well as a very good coach in Thomas Tuchel. Paris is also not far from the Netherlands.”