Manchester United legend Roy Keane has admitted he bitterly regrets not leaving when two European giants came in for his signature.
The previous United midfielder has given that become a nicely-respected pundit on Sky Sports and is not frightened to talk his head.
And that includes his very own career, speaking candidly more than his soured connection with Sir Alex Ferguson.
His time at United finished acrimoniously immediately after a fallout with the fantastic Scotsman, finally departing in 2005 for Celtic just after 12 decades at the club.
But there have been opportunities for Keane to shift abroad before in his profession, including presents from Bayern Munich and Juventus.
Talking on Sky Bet’s The Overlap, Gary Neville requested his old teammate about how close he was to leaving for Bayern.
“Yeah, really near, yeah,” replied Keane. “Wish I bloody had! I want I’d gone overseas, yeah.”
Arsenal legend Ian Wright also chimed in and questioned about Juventus’ curiosity.
Keane reported: “I agreed a deal yeah, definitely my deal was up a few of situations when I did my cruciate and then arrived back and I had opportunities to go on a free.
“And a part of me is jealous when I see other lads now heading abroad mainly because it is a excellent working experience for a relatives and probably, but once more, I was genuinely delighted at United and material.
“If I understood how it was going to end and glance back now with loyalty and all that kind of converse with Ferguson, I possibly should’ve certainly absent overseas and seasoned a unique league.”
Keane left United by mutual consent on 18 November, 2005 as a result of injuries troubles and escalating tensions with Ferguson and his assistant manager Carlos Queiroz.
And the Irishman has never patched factors up with his previous manager, saying in 2019: “As a lot as I’m not a single to maintain a grudge, I would not forgive Ferguson.
“The media spin, how I evidently upset every person, it was all nonsense.
“I never treatment if it’s Alex Ferguson or the Pope, you’re heading to protect by yourself.
“I imagine when he apologises I will most likely say hi to him, yeah. But I’ve no curiosity in speaking to the male.”
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