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Barcelona defender Jean-Clair Todibo said that Man Utd refused to sign him

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16 Jul 2020
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Todibo began his professional career at Toulouse, where Todibo spent three years before being grabbed by Barca on a free transfer in January 2019.

Man Utd decided not to sign Todibo

Barcelona defender Jean-Clair Todibo said that Manchester United refused to sign him after a trial in his teenage years. Todibo began his professional career at Toulouse, where Todibo spent three years before being grabbed by Barca on a free transfer in January 2019. The career path of the French center-back’s could be completely different if Man United decided to offer him a contract before he moved to the Stadium de Toulouse from Les Lilas as a youth player. The 20-year-old says he was pleased with the way he spoke during his short trial with the Red Devils but remained in the dark when they decided not to permanently bring him to their books. “That was crazy, I went from Les Lilas to United,” Todibo told reporters. “It was a dream that came true when I did nothing. It was just a trial. Everything went well, but they didn’t take me.

The 20-year-old thinks that he deserved more playing time

“I don’t know why my trial did not lead to anything. I still have not received an explanation to this day”. The first year of the defender at Barca was depressing. He was limited to only five appearances in the first team against an intense background competition for places near such as Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, and Samuel Umtiti. The Blaugrana decided to loan Todibo to Schalke 04 for a winter transfer window, and he performed in ten games for a German outfit before missing the end of the 2019-20 campaign through injury. The France U20 international feels he was illegally omitted from Barca’s team on several occasions in the first half of the season, as he added: “For me, this season, I deserve more playing time.”

“The first six months, when I arrived, I’m not averse not to play, because in training I saw that I didn’t have a level yet, but this year I would deserve to play more. I didn’t do much of it because it was the coach’s choice, and I understand. If I’m a manager, I prefer to put Pique to Todibo. He has an amazing track record, he’s a great player, but I could play certain matches.”

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