Aaron Wan-Bissaka was about to leave Crystal Palace on loan before chance injury gave him big break… now he has gone for £50m transfer fee

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AARON WAN-BISSAKA pleaded to be allowed to leave Crystal Palace on loan because he was desperate for his chance – and is now a £50million footballer.

Manchester United have snapped up the highly-rated full-back in the biggest deal of the summer so far.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka pleaded with Crystal Palace to let him leave on loan
Aaron Wan-Bissaka pleaded with Crystal Palace to let him leave on loan
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The 21-year-old has agreed an £80,000-a-week six-year deal to move to Old Trafford as a major part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s rebuilding plans.

But just 17 months ago he was so frustrated at a lack of opportunities with Palace he asked the club to let him leave.

And only the late intervention of boss Roy Hodgson stopped Wan-Bissaka being shipped out to the Championship or League One – putting him on the road to stardom.

Former Palace star Mark Bright, a senior figure behind the scenes at the club, revealed all in an exclusive interview with SunSport.

Bright said: “Amazingly on transfer deadline day (January 2018) he asked me if he could go out on loan.

“I asked the manager and he refused, but as I was telling him the manager came down and told him ‘if you stay here you will be training with Yohan Cabaye, Wilf [Zaha] and Andros Townsend’.

“‘You might even get a chance here’, that was the last thing he said to him.


“Five days later he made his first-team debut.

“I would have sent him out on loan as there were two clubs who wanted him and we would have never known.

“He, without knowing it, gives all those below and in his age group hope that at this football club, if you work hard enough and develop, you will get in the team.”

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