JUST IN: Arsenal Defender Reveals Why He Demanded For An Exit From Everton

JUST IN: Arsenal Defender Reveals Why He Demanded For An Exit From Everton

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Shkodran Mustafi! You know him, right? He is an Arsenal player but I am sure many of you never knew he once played under David Moyes at Everton.

The German centre-back joined Arsenal from Valencia for a fee of £30million last summer but before then he has had spells with other teams which include Everton.

The World Cup winner started up as a 17-year-old under David Moyes at Everton in 2009. He had to leave after managing just one senior team appearance in about three years.

In an exclusive interview with the Daily Mail, the 24-year-old revealed that his lack of games wasn't good for his career so he had to approach the manager to demand for an exit in order to progress in the game

"I went there when I was 17, so a young guy, and I understand it was not easy for David Moyes to pick me because his team was working," began Mustafi.

"But after two and a half years I started to think I really needed to play.

"I thought I would prefer to make a step backwards and get games, rather than just going year after year not making a step. I knew I had to look for solutions, even if that meant going to the second division in Italy to get my games. It was a big decision.

"I told the club and David Moyes. He actually said to me, 'If you don't want to extend your contract, it is no problem. You are a young player, we do not want to destroy your career. If you want to go you can go, even in January if you want'. I really appreciated that from Moyes."

Mustafi has made a great impact since joining Arsenal and has established himself as a top man in the heart of the team's defence alongside Laurent Koscielny.

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