Aberdeen striker James Wilson has said that he turned down other offers to return to Pittodrie following his Manchester United release – and insisted that the deciding factor was being happy rather than money.

Wilson spent last season on loan at Pittodrie and manager Derek McInnes moved quickly to bring him back to the Granite City once his Man Utd deal ended.

LEIGH, GREATER MANCHESTER - OCTOBER 23: James Wilson of Manchester United during the Premier League 2 fixture between Manchester United and Liverpool at Leigh Sports Village on October 23, 2017 in Leigh, Greater Manchester.

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The striker admits that it was a “fairly easy decision” to return to Aberdeen again.

“There is a lot of money in football these days and that can be a deciding factor in some cases,” Wilson told the Aberdeen Evening Express.

“But for me at this point a big thing was about being content, happy, comfortable and ready to work for the team.

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

“I had offers but this was a fairly easy decision for me to make based on the memories I have already made.

“I just want to build on them.”

Wilson played both centrally and out wide for the Dons last season and it’ll be interesting to see where McInnes utilises him going forward.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 02: (L-R) Scott Wright, Stevie May and James Wilson of Aberdeen walk on the pitch prior to the Betfred Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on December 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The striker made an appearance in last night’s friendly win over Peterhead and will have a big role to play for the Dons in their upcoming Europa League ties.

He scored four goals in 32 appearances on loan at Pittodrie last season and really started to impress later in the campaign – and Aberdeen will be hopeful he can hit the ground running.

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