Manchester United winger Daniel James has moved to deny claims he grew up supporting Liverpool.
James was on the verge of a transfer to Leeds United in January 2019, only for the deal to fall through in the final hours of the window.
After playing out the remainder of the campaign at Swansea, he joined Man United at the start of the summer window in that same year in a deal worth around £15million.
The Wales international put pen-to-paper on a five-year deal with the option of an additional year, and it appears the 23-year-old has not forgotten about a comment made after he arrived at Old Trafford.
Speaking to United’s official website, James has called out an unnamed Sky Sports pundit for saying he supports Liverpool at the time of his arrival at United, and admitted he grew up a Chelsea fan.
He said: “When I signed for United, I can’t remember who it was, one of the Sky Sports [pundits] said: ‘he supports Liverpool’.
“I was thinking I don’t support Liverpool, but I never wanted to come out and say I supported Chelsea as a youngster.
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“When I started playing for Swansea it [Chelsea] was the team I followed, but you don’t end up supporting them really.
“I used to look at their players when I was younger – [Eden] Hazard, [Juan] Mata and [Didier] Drogba – and they were players that I loved. You kind of grow out of that.
“It was quite strange playing them in the first game of the season and before the game I never thought I would come on.
“It’s a big game, I thought it would be a close encounter but we were actually 3-0 up.
“Then I thought I could get my opportunity here. It was goosebumps when the gaffer [Ole Gunnar Solskjaer] called my name.
“I think I got 15 minutes which was great. It was surreal and the fans, when I made my debut, it was just great them clapping when you come on and them really cheering you on. That set me alight really.”