Alex Telles, a Manchester United loanee, has stated that he left United for a loan spell at Sevilla in order to increase his chances of playing in the World Cup.
Telles said after Sevilla’s 4-0 Champions League loss to Manchester City, in which he played on the left as a winger, that he knew staying at United would jeopardize his chances of becoming Brazil’s starting left-back in Qatar.
When asked if his departure from Old Trafford was contingent on the World Cup, he told TNT Sports via the Manchester Evening News, “Obviously. I’ll be lying if I say no.”
“I am a firm believer in planning. I know I’m on the radar; I was called for the most recent call-ups. So obviously getting more minutes and playing as much as possible.”
“As a result, I’m completely focused on that preparation.” “I know it depends a lot on what I do at my club to be willing and always performing at a high level, so if I get called up for the national team, I have to be ready.”
He also stated that the arrival of Erik ten Hag at the club did little to change his mind because he did not believe his fortunes would change. It’s difficult to argue with this.
Telles was already deputizing Luke Shaw, and with the arrival of Tyrell Malacia, his chances at the club would have become even more limited. Malacia has since deposed Shaw from the throne.
“Very high level, as is the Premier League,” the 29-year-old said. It’s also a very high level in La Liga; it’s a club in the Champions League.”
“Clearly, it was a way of thinking strategically about football, which is a characteristic of mine.”
“As I previously stated, it is preparation. Having minutes, having games, and I believe I have a lot of room to grow and evolve here.”
“And so, be prepared to give my all if I’m called up to the national team.”
Telles has made four appearances for Los Nervionenses so far, three in La Liga and one in the Champions League. He has one assist in 112 minutes of football so far.
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