Paul Scholes has revealed that Inter Milan were the only club who tried to sign him during his time at Manchester United.
The Red Devils icon, who won 11 Premier League titles and played over 700 games in 20 years at Old Trafford, is considered one of the greatest midfielders football has produced.
And despite his talent clear for all of Europe to see, the 45-year-old has revealed there was only ever concrete interest for him once in his career and the speculation quickly fizzled out after he said he wasn’t keen to move.
“I was never ever made aware of any team coming in for me,” Scholes told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“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.
“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.
“We didn’t win as many Champions Leagues as we should have but we were every inch as good as those teams, if not better.”
Scholes also lifted two Champions League trophies, three FA Cups and two League Cups during his time at United.
And former Inter president Massimo Moratti recently admitted he went all out to sign the Englishman during his time at the club.
“We tried really hard to sign Paul Scholes, we even gave Manchester United a blank cheque,” Moratti was quoted as saying.
“We spoke to him, but his reply was short and simple: ‘If you want me to play for you, you would have to buy this club.’‘