Manchester City star Kalvin Phillips has said there was no chance he was going to join Manchester United.
Phillips joined City from boyhood club Leeds United this summer in a deal worth £45m.
United were strongly linked with the England midfielder, but he was never going to join Leeds’ biggest rival.
“No, there was never any chance of me going there,” Phillips told The Sun.
“You know my loyalty to Leeds, my family as well, they’re all Leeds fans.
“I was honoured by United wanting me, such a big team – one of the biggest teams in the world.
“But no, I had to stay loyal to Leeds and choose to go to the other side of Manchester.”
Asked if it was unusual to take such a stance, he said: “I don’t know, it’s just the way I am, the way I think and the way I’ll always be.
“I want to be loyal to the people who’ve given me the biggest opportunity in the world.
“Leeds were the first team to sign me, I made sure that was one of the main things I’d do.”