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West Brom youth chief Steve Hopcroft explains rejecting Man Utd

West Brom scout Steve Hopcroft admits he's rejected an approach from Manchester United.

The Baggies head of academy recruitment this week penned a new deal at The Hawthorns having rejected the Red Devils' advances.

“At the end of the day what ticks the boxes for me is to see players in the first-team," he told the Express & Star.

“To see Jonathan (Leko), Saido (Berahino) make their debuts, to see Kane (Wilson) on the pitch.

“To have known them when they were snotty-nosed kids with one sock up and one sock down, to know those families, there is nothing more rewarding.

“That is why I decided to stay. I want to see the next ten, the next 20 players come through."

He went on: “There are two-and-half million people in this region. If Wales can produce Ryan Giggs, Gary Speed and Gareth Bale I am sure we have some world class players around here. We just have to find them and then put them in a world class environment. We have got that here, no doubt about it."

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