Ivan Perisic has admitted that it was “painful” to miss out on a “dream” move to Manchester United, but insists he is happy at Bayern Munich and hopes to stay at the club.
Perisic joined Bayern on a season-long loan from Inter in August and the German side have the option to make the deal permanent at the end of the campaign.
The 30-year-old’s career could have taken a different direction two years ago, however, as United tried to lure him away from the Serie A side, only for him to reject the offer.
But Perisic says he was tempted to move to Old Trafford when he spoke to coach Jose Mourinho on the phone and that it was painful to knock him back.
“How close was I going there? Very close,” he told The Athletic . “It was an amazing thing for me when Jose called me. It was difficult to say no to him. In fact, I really, really wanted to join him and play for United.
“It was a dream of mine to play in all the big leagues. But it didn’t happen. It was painful for me. But I don’t want to go into the details. I only found out myself the real reasons two years later.”