‘Scottish Bale’ Reveals Reason For Premier League Snub

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Oliver Burke, who is being dubbed as the ‘Scottish Bale,’ recently revealed why he opted for a move to the German Bundesliga rather than a big money move to the Premier League.

Burke attracted interest from many top clubs in England, including Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Liverpool. However, the teenage winger opted for a move to German side RB Leipzig instead.

The 19-year-old is characterized by his immense speed and agility, which has led to many fans nicknaming him the ‘Scottish Bale.’

Many expected Burke to make his way to the English top tier in the summer, after impressing with Nottingham Forrest last season.

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Despite making less than 35 first-team appearances throughout his career, his abilities still managed to attract Europe’s top clubs.

Leipzig, the eventual winners for his signature, paid a massive £13 million for the Scot – making him the most expensive Scottish player of all time.

Burke explained why he rejected advances from Europe’s top clubs in favor of the Leipzig move.

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“Look at teams like Chelsea, all their youngsters are out on loan,” he started.

“I stepped foot in the place [Leipzig] and it was perfect. They [Sporting director, Ralf Rangnick and Head Coach, Ralph Hasenhuttl] were telling me about how I could fit into the team, what role I would have.

“Not just saying how good I am as a player, which is always nice to hear, but also, ‘You have a long way to go as well. Your hard drive is only half full defensively.’ Damn!”

The Scottish teenager also revealed that he was close to sealing a deal with Tottenham, but then felt that Leipzig were the right club for him.

“I was going to visit Tottenham, but I said no because Leipzig showed enough care and attention to the little details.”

And Burke’s choice seems to have paid off. The winger has already made 4 appearances for the Germans, managing to score 1 goal in the process.


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