Saturday, 9 September 2017

Man United Rejected Chance To Sign Zidane Out Of Fear Of Upsetting Cantona

Zinedine Zidane at Manchester United?
It could have happened, according to the club's former chairman Martin Edwards.

In 1996, Edwards claims the Red Devils were presented with an opportunity to sign Zidane, then 24, from Bordeaux.

However, Ferguson did not make the move, as Zidane played in the same position as fellow France international Cantona and feared conflict, if he had pursued a deal.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Edwards said: "Zidane and Eric played in the same position and Alex felt if they brought Zidane in it would have upset Eric.

"In hindsight yes [it's a regret], because Eric retired a year later and Zidane was younger so he would have continued it."
Zidane went on to spend five years in Turin after joining Juventus where he won two league titles, an Italian Cup and the Intertoto Cup.

He made the switch to Real Madrid in 2001, winning La Liga and the Champions League, before retiring in 2006.

The Frenchman returned to the Bernabeu in 2010 as a special adviser to Real Madrid’s first team.

He was later appointed as head coach of Los Blancos in 2016 with whom he has won back-to-back Champions League titles.

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