5 world class players who rejected Manchester United
- These 5 players surprisingly passed up the opportunity to play at Manchester United
#4 Karim Benzema
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is part of the vaunted BBC front three at Real Madrid but if Manchester United had their way, he might well have been plying his trade alongside the likes of Rooney, Pogba, Mkhitaryan and Martial.
The Frenchman was one of the world’s hottest prospects in 2009 and he revealed that he rejected the likes of Manchester United, Inter and Barcelona before sealing a £30 million move to Madrid.
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Speaking after his signing in 2009, Benzema said:
“There were quite a few clubs that contacted me, like Manchester [United], Inter and Barcelona, but I decided to come here. Real Madrid are an excellent club. I've dreamt about playing here since I was 15 years old. “
“Florentino [Pérez] spoke to me about the team and the project that he wanted to create. I wanted to play at Real Madrid anyway so he didn't have to convince me of hardly anything."
While the 29-year-old has his detractors, there is no denying the fact that Benzema is a top quality forward. It would have been interesting to see how the Frenchman would have coped with the demands of Premier League football.Published 30 Mar 2017, 17:40 IST