Atletico Madrid’s World Cup winner Lucas Hernandez has revealed that he had offers from Premier League sides this summer, but he turned them down to stay in Madrid due to his affection for Los Rojiblancos. It is also understood that Manchester City and Manchester United were in the mix for the Frenchman and were ready to double his wages to tempt him to move away from the Spanish capital.
According to Spanish publication Marca, Hernandez spoke about enjoying life at Atletico in 2017 and has been true to his word by turning down big-money moves to English clubs. “I am very happy to renew with the club of my life,” he said over a year ago, extending his deal until 2022 to scare off the many suitors chasing his signature. His brother Theo already joined Real Madrid and Los Blancos were reportedly one of the few clubs willing to pay his buyout clause.
After his terrific World Cup performances, Manchester United were understood to be tempted by the player and his versatility and tabled a mammoth €80 million bid for the Atletico star and offered to double his salary but were left disappointed after he turned down a move to England due to his loyalty for his current club.
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Their local rivals Manchester City also encountered a similar setback in their efforts to sign the superstar who’s been at the Wanda Metropolitano since 2007. Still only 22, Hernandez has several years to improve and reach his prime and he feels that his development will be best suited under Diego Simeone who has a penchant for working with young players with potential.
The club fans will have also appreciated Hernandez’s gesture to stay put at the club and help them challenge for the La Liga crown this year. Their local rivals have grown weaker after the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus and this season could be a good chance for them to win the title.