Damian Duff has admitted he nearly joined Manchester United before signing for Chelsea.
The former blue revealed he joined Chelsea ahead of Man United in 2003
The winger spoke to the then United manager who was Sir Alex Ferguson about moving to Old Trafford.
However, with the influence of Roman Abramovich’s money and the help of Putin (just kidding), Chelsea beat the Red Devils to the deal.
“I spoke to them a few times,” Duff told the Irish Independent.
“I wanted it to happen but the fee back then was for £17m. I don’t know what the equivalent fee is now – but in 2003, that was a massive deal.
“Alex Ferguson spoke with me the summer I left for Chelsea (in 2003) and also the summer before, after the World Cup.
“What happened was this. Roman Abramovich had bought Chelsea that summer. They had the money. The deal was done.
“I thought about it for a week and when I saw the squad they were building, I just knew I had to go there to further my career.”