Schalke’s Liverpool-born winger Rabbi Matondo has claimed that he rejected moves from Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool to join Manchester City in the summer of 2016, during an interview with Goal.
Matondo, 19, joined Manchester City from Cardiff City in the summer of 2016 and after starring for the club’s Under-23 side – in which he scored 11 goals in 31 games – Matondo made the leap to the German Bundesliga.
Following the example set by Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund and even Ademola Lookman at RB Leipzig, Wales international Matondo has clocked up 22 senior appearances for Schalke since his move to Germany.
But speaking about his move to City four years ago, Matondo claimed that he had the pick of the clubs – with Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea all interested in the young winger. But it was Manchester City’s persistence that won the race.
“City were interested a year before I moved [from Cardiff]. Everyone in Cardiff knew about it,” Matondo said. “At the time I was not 100 per cent sure that I was ready to leave my home. Cardiff is my city.
“My father and agent looked at the youth academy in Manchester, they told me I’d be crazy if I didn’t take this opportunity. Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham were interested. The way City persisted in trying to get me convinced me in the end.”
TBR’s view – Matondo is showing promise, but is far below Sancho
Certainly, Sancho is older than Matondo but he was doing things for Dortmund at Matondo’s age that the Welshman could only dream of doing. In his 22 Schalke appearances, Matondo has only scored one goal is yet to lay on an assist.
Should Liverpool and Tottenham feel aggrieved at failing to complete a move for Matondo? The Reds have Harvey Elliot and Curtis Jones, while Tottenham have brought in the likes of Steven Bergwijn.
Matondo is a good player, but they will not lose any sleep over the failure to nab his signature.