James McCarthy open to future Man United move
The Everton midfielder also reveals Scotland international rejection was behind declaration for Ireland.
Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy has revealed he came close to joining Tottenham Hotspur last summer and says he would be open to a move to Manchester United in the future.
McCarthy joined the Toffees after Spurs failed to cough up for the Wigan star but says he has been flattered by reported interest from the Red Devils after an impressive first season at Goodison Park.
"If a club like Manchester United are interested, obviously you are doing a good job,” he told The Evening Standard.
"We will see what happens."
McCarthy was one of Everton’s best performers last season but he was very close to making the move to White Hart Lane.
“Tottenham didn’t come up with the money but Everton did within the last couple of. Obviously it was just one of those things with Tottenham.”
For now, McCarthty is concentrating on life at Goodison Park and a top-four finish that would see the Toffees qualify for the Champions League.
"You would like to get into the Champions League but, thankfully, we've got the Europa League. People say the Europa League is not such a big thing but it was a massive achievement for everyone at the club.
"Obviously, it will be a long season with the Europa League and I am sure the gaffer will bring in rotation. I'm looking forward to getting into the season and getting going again. It is a big season ahead.
"We are no different from any other club. Our main aim is to get into the Champions League. We want to improve on last season and push on even further."
McCarthy has revealed that being rejected by Scotland led to him choosing to play international football for Ireland.
The robust midfielder has always said he wanted to play for the Boys In Green because it was the wish of his grandfather.
But it could have been so much different had McCarthy nailed down a place in Scotland’s underage set-up before linking up with Ireland at the age of 16.
Martin O’Neill’s men face Scotland in a crucial Euro 2016 qualifier in October and McCarthy is sure to be the centre of attention for that clash in Parkhead.
“I was told that I wasn’t in the team for Scotland and then Ireland came along and they put me in the squad straight away,” said McCarthy.
“It was brilliant to get capped. Not qualifying for the World Cup was a big disappointment but now we’ve got this opportunity and, hopefully, we can achieve big things with the Euros.
“When we meet up in camp and get together, we will get everybody focused on the goals that we want to achieve. You want to qualify for big tournaments.”