Japanese goalkeeper Zion Suzuki, who plays in the J-League, reveals why he turned down an offer from Manchester United.
Suzuki is a goalkeeper from Japan. Even at the tender age of 21, he has a complete physique at 6-foot-2, with quick reflexes and excellent saves. His kicking accuracy is good, which allows him to be involved in the buildup, and his handed passes are quite accurate.
토토사이트He grew up in Japan and made his senior debut for Urawa Reds. He made 15 appearances, including six clean sheets, in 2021, including cup competitions, and steadily gained playing time in 2022. That season, he also performed at a high level in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League, keeping two clean sheets in four appearances and boasting a 0.5 GAA. His performances earned him his debut for the Japanese national team in July last year.
As a result, he attracted interest from several clubs during the summer transfer window. Among them was Premier League (PL) side Manchester United. The Red Devils were looking for a potential replacement for David de Gea, and Suzuki was on their list.
However, the deal never materialized. Suzuki rejected United’s offer, and United brought in Andre Onana from Inter Milan.
Suzuki was indeed offered by United, but he revealed why he turned down the dream move from the J-League to the PL. According to Belgian outlet voetbalbelgie, he said, “My dream is to play in the PL. It is true that I received an offer from United. But they were pushing for the signing of Onana, so I wanted to play for a team where I could play.”
“Even if I don’t make it to the PL now, I want to make it to England in a few years. In order to improve every step of the way, I decided to move to Belgium,” he said.
Suzuki is currently playing in the Belgian League, not the J-League. He went on loan to Sint-Truiden, a club that Lee also played for in the past. He quickly established himself as a starter and has continued to improve, keeping one clean sheet in four league games.