‘It gave me a taste’
Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli has revealed he was rejected by Manchester United as a teenager.
The 20-year-old was snapped up by the Gunners in 2019 as he made the £6million move from Brazilian side Ituano.
Speaking to The Athletic, he said: “My dad and I had watched the Premier League together, all the teams, like Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Leicester.
“I actually had four different trials at United when I was 13, 14, 15 and 16.
“This was in Manchester at the club’s training base, where I played in the same age group as Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams, and I met first-team players, like Zlatan (Ibrahimovic), Paul Pogba, Wayne Rooney and Patrice Evra.
“There was never a moment, though, when they said they wanted me (to sign) there.
“But it give me a taste and made the adaptation a little easier because I had experienced football in England.
“Even after those trials, I always believed in myself. My mind is always thinking, ‘I can do it.'”