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Why Mason Mount snubbed Mikel Arteta and Jurgen Klopp for Man United move



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Mason Mount has joined Manchester United on a five-year contract, with the option to extend for a further year.

The former Chelsea midfielder looked to be heading away from Stamford Bridge after failed negotiations with his boyhood club on renewed terms.

However, his switch to United did not come without competition.

In fact, latest reports from Andy Mitten state that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta thought that Mount would sign for his team. It was also added that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was a long-time admirer of the England international and made it clear that he would be interested in signing him.

So why did Mount snub the two aforementioned teams to join Erik ten Hag’s project at Old Trafford?

Mitten’s report continued and mentioned that the Dutch boss was a ‘major factor’ in convincing Mount to choose The Reds. It was said that he spoke in detail with the midfielder about how he could help him develop as a player and the different positions that he can operate in at the highest level.

Ten Hag has been aware of Mount’s talents since he was on loan at Vitesse during the 2017/18 season. The United boss is known to have pushed for this move and it appears that his appreciation of Mount’s talents have come a long way in the player’s eyes.

It was said that Mount’s off-ball pressing is something that caught the eye of Ten Hag, but he is also a fan of the midfielder’s qualities on the ball, as well as his versatility.

Mount will likely be coming into the United team to replace Christian Eriksen. He will offer a clear upgrade when United do not have the ball and Ten Hag will be hoping to tap into his potential on the ball that saw him land back-to-back Player of the Year awards at Chelsea in the seasons prior to last.

United are also looking to strengthen their goalkeeping department after David de Gea’s contract expired, as well as signing a top no.9 for the team. Inter Milan are expected United’s first official offer for shot-stopper Andre Onana in the next 24 hours, according to Relevo.