Christian Pulisic chose a move to Chelsea over Manchester United – because he was put off by former Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho.
The 20-year-old USA international stayed at the Westfalenstadion until the end of last season, before joining up with Chelsea this summer under new boss Frank Lampard.
Pulisic had been wanted by clubs across Europe last season, and was linked with United before eventually choosing Chelsea.
And he was put off the idea of joining the Red Devils because of the apparent reluctance of former United boss Jose Mourinho to give young players a chance.
That is according to Robin Walker, Pulisic’s youth coach who has remained in contact with the player.
Walker coached Pulisic at non-league Brackley Town when the player was just seven years old.
Although Pulisic left the club in 2007, Walker is still a trusted advisor, and was last season invited to visit them in Germany, where he gave some guidance that may have swung the player’s fate towards Stamford Bridge.
“I’m a Chelsea fan, I grew up in London supporting them,” Walker told the Telegraph .
“When I was in Dortmund last year, I told him that he had to come. He wouldn’t go to Manchester United because of Jose Mourinho.
“His father couldn’t stand Mourinho, because he didn’t promote young players.”
Walker said Pulisic’s agent also saw the advantages of a move to London, with the capital’s potential for lucrative investment in property.
“It was at that point I asked: ‘What about London? That’s where it’s at.’ I was trying to sell the city.
“His agent agreed, saying: ‘When you make these decisions, it’s all about investment and property.’ I was delighted that he did sign.”