Fabinho Was Set To Leave Monaco In The Summer

Football Soccer - FC Lorient v AS Monaco - French Ligue 1 - Moustoir stadium, 18/11/2016. Lorient's Francois Bellugou (R) in action with Monaco's Fabinho. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe - RTX2UC6G

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Fabinho has admitted that he was all set to leave AS Monaco in the summer, but did not receive any concrete offers from a single club.

The Brazilian full-back was consistently linked with a switch to Manchester United, but Jose Mourinho did not make a move for him, and the 23-year-old remained at Monaco.

The defender has admitted that the prospect of playing in the Premier League or La Liga still interests him, but he is happy to remain in France for now. He even signed a contract extension in September, that is set to keep him with the Ligue 1 club till 2021.

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“I’m in my fourth season at Monaco,” Fabinho said in an interview with O Globoesporte. “When I arrived, I thought I would spend two years here and then leave for Spain or England. They’re leagues I like a lot. But here, I’ve improved and I’ve picked up experience. I know I’m an important player, and I work for people to have confidence in me.

“Monaco have been very important for me. It’s the club that has helped me into the Selecao. I extended my contract after the last transfer window. My name was linked to big clubs, notably in England.

“I wanted to leave Monaco then. That was my intention, I thought it was the right moment. But as I didn’t get any concrete offer, I decided the best solution was to stay here to play in the Champions League and try to win something with this team.”


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