Gomes: Amazing being with England Under-21s after leaving United

The former United academy player left Old Trafford last year having been there since the age of five and has opened up on accusations his exit was all about the money.

Gomes declined a contract at Manchester United and joined Lille before shining in a year on loan in Portugal with Boavista.

The attacking midfielder is now establishing himself with the French champions and has been granted his first call up to the Under-21s after new manager Lee Carsley contacted Gomes in the days following his appointment.

“The manager rang me saying he had watched some of the games in Portugal and had been keeping his eye on me, so to get that [phone call] was nice.

“To be back is amazing and to have the opportunity is something I have been working on in the last couple of years. I’m delighted to be back

“The call gave me the motivation to keep doing what I’m doing and try and do more with each opportunity you get.”

Gomes is certainly taking his opportunities since leaving United. It was widely expected that the now 21-year-old would be another breakthrough star from the academy in the red half of Manchester, having in 2017 become the club’s youngest senior debutant since the great Duncan Edwards in 1953.

But it never came to be and Gomes declined a new deal in 2020, taking the bold step to move overseas.

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