Inter Milan legend Javier Zanetti has revealed that he rejected a move to Manchester United during his playing days.
Zanetti enjoyed a wonderful 19-year spell with Inter Milan and the iconic full-back unsurprisingly managed to earn legendary status at the San Siro for his contribution to the club.
The Argentine was wanted by a host of clubs during his peak years at Inter and has now revealed that he rejected the advances of Manchester United as well as a host of other big clubs in order to stay loyal to the Nerrazurri.
He told FourFourTwo: "There were some firm rumours of Manchester United wanting to sign me during the late '90s. I once saw Alex Ferguson in an airport while I was in England with my wife.
"We talked a bit about football, but I was always centered in my idea of staying with Inter, even in those complicated years, and it would have been difficult for me to go under any circumstances.
"It wasn't just Manchester United, there were other big clubs as well, but my love for Inter always tipped the scales. I was confident that their moment would eventually come. I would speak about it with president [Massimo] Moratti and my family."