Manchester United winger Dan James has admitted that he used to follow Chelsea as a youngster, saying he “loved” to watch the likes of Eden Hazard and Didier Drogba.
The comments come on the back of former claims that he was a “big Liverpool fan.” Sky Sports presenter Jim White made the remark on the eve of his move from Swansea City to Old Trafford in the summer of 2019.
James has played 66 times for the Red Devils since then, notching nine goals and eight assists.
The Welshman has now rubbished White’s comments, instead admitting to actually following Chelsea.
“When I signed for United, I can’t remember who it was, one of the Sky Sports [pundits] said: ‘he supports Liverpool’”, the 23-year-old told Manchester United’s official website.
“I was thinking I don’t support Liverpool, but I never wanted to come out and say I supported Chelsea as a youngster.
“When I started playing for Swansea it [Chelsea] was the team I followed, but you don’t end up supporting them really.”
James explained how he used to admire modern Blues legends such as Lampard.
He added: “I used to look at their players when I was younger – Hazard, [Juan] Mata and Drogba – and they were players that I loved. You kind of grow out of that.”
James recollects ‘strange’ debut
The rapid wide-man made his United debut against Chelsea as a substitute in their 4-0 win in August 2019.
Although only on for 15 minutes, he managed to net his first goal for the club.
Reminiscing about the day, James said: “It was quite strange playing them in the first game of the season and before the game I never thought I would come on.
“It’s a big game, I thought it would be a close encounter but we were actually 3-0 up.
“I think I got 15 minutes which was great. It was surreal and the fans, when I made my debut, it was just great them clapping when you come on and them really cheering you on.
“That set me alight really.”
James has played in 20 games for United this season, scoring five goals in all competitions.