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Michael Keane explains why he snubbed return to boyhood club Man United to join Everton

FOOTBALL By Mirror | July 4th 2017 | 2 min read
Michael Keane [Photo:Courtesy]

Michael Keane admits joining Everton was best for him at this stage in his career after snubbing a return to Manchester United.

The England defender agreed a five-year deal at Goodison Park in a switch that could rise to a club-record £30million.

He was heavily linked with a return to United despite the Red Devils splashing out on Victor Lindelof.

Keane admits he was tempted to return to Old Trafford but believes he has made the right move

"Of course it was a temptation - it's your boyhood club but you have got to take your heart out of it sometimes and think what's best for you," he said.

"I feel as if this is the best place for me to come and continue my development.

"It's a club with such big history and a great fan base so I can't wait to pull on the shirt and play for this club."

Keane admitted boss Ronald Koeman also influenced his decision to move to Goodison.

"I have been fortunate enough that in the clubs I have played in the past, the manager has played in my position as well and I feel like he was a very classy centre-half so he can still teach me things.

"I want to develop, I am only 24 years old, which is young for a centre-half but I feel how much they wanted me was a big factor as well."

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