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Danilo Confirms He Snubbed Chelsea To Join Man City

Danilo turned down the chance to join Chelsea before making a £26.5million move to Manchester City, the former Real Madrid defender has confirmed.

City hijacked Chelsea’s bid to sign the 26-year-old Brazil right-back after they missed out on Dani Alves, despite spending £50m on Kyle Walker from Tottenham.

And Danilo revealed that it was Pep Guardiola’s intervention that helped swing him towards moving to the Etihad.

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‘The moment City called me and Pep called me, I knew what I had to do. Pep’s words motivated me to be ready for this.

‘It was very fast. I was training with Real Madrid and Pep called me and I was very motivated to make this change and start to work with him.

‘Zidane tried to make me stay but I was sure I needed to change. I needed to think a bit more about myself and find a place where I had more options.’

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