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Paul Scholes Reveals The One Club Who Tried To Sign Him From Manchester United

Paul Scholes Reveals The One Club Who Tried To Sign Him From Manchester United

Paul Scholes says only one club showed interest in signing him from Manchester United.

Scholes spent his entire career 20-year career at Old Trafford, scoring 155 goals and winning a total of 25 trophies, including 11 Premier League titles.

Though he clearly had the capacity to fit into a plethora of top European sides, Scholes never had any desire to leave his beloved United.

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However, he did reveal that Inter Milan were interested in him back in 2000 though it did not progress to any serious conversations.

"I was never ever made aware of any team coming in for me," Scholes told BBC Radio 5 Live, via Metro.

"I did have one phone call off an agent, Bryan Robson's old agent, he rang me while we were away at Euro 2000 to ask me if I would be interested in going to Inter Milan but that's the only phone call I ever had.

"I never heard anything after that and the manager never said anything to me. 'I was playing at my boyhood club, I was a Manchester lad, we were winning trophies all the time.

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"If the manager said to me that he didn't want me I would definitely have gone if there was a big club abroad who wanted me but there was never any need to ever think about Barcelona, Real Madrid or AC Milan because I was at the biggest club in the world anyway."

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Scholes was almost a second striker early on his career but ended up playing in a deeper midfield role where he was able to dictate the tempo of the game with relative ease.

Looking back, the 45-year old admits he was a little too over adventurous and recalls a conversation with Sir Alex Ferguson that sparked a change.

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"It happened before I retired with England, I was a bit of a liability in midfield because the only thought in my head was to score goals," Scholes added.

"Sometimes, especially in Europe, we were getting overrun and I was getting destroyed. It must have been a nightmare for Roy Keane alongside me.

"Sir Alex said I want you to sit. I remember thinking, 'what's the point of that'. In my first big game I think I got into their box once but the manager pulled me and said that was brilliant, you played the position properly.

"There was no need for me to go and get involved up front as we had such good attackers. Hopefully you could get the ball to these players who could win you games of football."

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Topics: Paul Scholes, Football News, Football, Manchester United, Inter Milan

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