Madrid – New FC Barcelona signing Sergino Dest says he “followed his heart” by turning down a move to European champions Bayern Munich in favour of the Catalan side.
Dest became the first U.S. international to join Barca on Thursday, signing from Ajax Amsterdam on a long-term contract at the Camp Nou.
Dest came through the youth ranks at Ajax, making 23 league appearances, and attracted interest from a number of clubs across Europe.
He admitted he turned down a move to Bayern Munich.
“Bayern Munich are a great club and there was interest from them, but I followed what my heart told me to (do) and for that I signed for Barca.
“I think it was the right decision.
“They are a club with so much history and I’ve always wanted to play here.”
His arrival means he will play under coach Ronald Koeman, who unsuccessfully attempted to convince the 19-year-old to represent the Netherlands at international level while in his previous job.
Dest could make his debut in Sunday’s La Liga clash at home to Sevilla.