Jonathan David has revealed he turned down a move to the Premier League in favour of Lille due to concerns over playing time in England’s top flight.
The 20-year-old has made a name for himself at Belgian side Gent, scoring 18 goals in 27 Pro League appearances last term.
The attacker – who already has netted 11 times in his first 12 international games for Canada – was being chased by a whole host of Europe’s top clubs.
‘Everyone knows the Premier League is a high-quality league,’ he told France Bleu Nord.
‘But my choice was dictated by the fact that above all, I wanted to be sure of playing.
‘My choice was made quite early. But I understand that it took a little while to finalise between the two clubs.
‘Gent wanted to keep me one more season, but I had made my choice and they respected it.
‘I always knew it was going to be done, even if it took a little while. I really liked the sports project that Luis Campos [Lille’s sporting director] and the club management sold to me.
‘That’s really what encouraged me to join Lille. In fact, I especially wanted to join a club where I know that I will keep playing and getting better.
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