The father of Ajax youngster Millen Baars has confirmed that the winger has rejected moves to Chelsea and Arsenal to sign for Manchester United.

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baarsThe 16-year-old’s move to England has been rumoured for months but now seems to have been confirmed with the player eligible to represent the club’s U18 side in January.

Baars father has spoke to Noordhollands Dablad, and confirmed his son had interest from several clubs including Chelsea and Arsenal, but decided upon United.

He said, “We have had talks with Ajax that were between Millen and the club but it was certainly nothing shocking, he was even appointed captain this season of the B1.

“Ajax is a great club with a very good youth, but they can unfortunately not cope so very well. You saw in the past with other youth players who now play at other clubs. But Millen was ready for a different challenge.

“He played nine seasons in Amsterdam and he has always had the dream to play football in England. With Manchester United he is a full professional.

“There was interest from Italy, Portugal and England, but when he was at Chelsea and United to look, he knew he wanted to play in Manchester. He did not even see Arsenal, his choice was made.”

Baars follows in the footsteps of Tahith Chong and Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who both left Dutch academies to join Manchester United.

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