JAMES WILSON has revealed the real reason he has agreed a two-year deal at Aberdeen following his release from Manchester United.

The 23-year-old striker is determined to get his career back on track and insists Pittodrie is the best place to rediscover the form that made him one of football’s hottest prospects.

Former Old Trafford boss Louis van Gaal rated Wilson highly and backed his judgement by handing him a £30,000-per-week contract in 2014.

Injuries and a subsequent nosedive in form have seen the frontman fade from the forefront – and he reckons Dons manager Derek McInnes is the man to help get him back on track.

Wilson, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “There is a lot of money in football and it can be deciding factor in some cases.

“But at this point, a big thing was about being content, happy and comfortable and ready to work for the team I have been integrated into.

“The main reason I came back is the group of players are brilliant and I enjoyed working with the coaching staff.

“I had offers, but it’s a fairly easy decision to make based on the memories I have already made. I just want to build on them.”

Wilson was impressed by McInnes’ perseverance in ensuring a return to the club on a permanent basis.

He added: “We spoke quite a bit over the last few weeks.

“At the end of last season, he said he would be keen to get me back. It’s good to feel important and in his plans.

“It would be good to get my hands on silverware and a medal. It’s going to be a good season.”

The former England Under-21 international is delighted to put down roots in Aberdeen following loan spells at Brighton, Derby County and Sheffield United as well as the Dons.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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