Ivorian midfielder claims United transfer rejection

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Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Didier Zokora claims he rejected the chance to join Manchester United.

The Ivorian international claims he was lured to White Hart Lane in 2006 by Damien Comolli, with whom the player had built-up a relationship with during their time together at St-Etienne.

Zokora also claims Chelsea and Real Madrid came to the table for his services before he completed the move to Spurs.

"During my last season at St-Etienne, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Chelsea wanted me," he told L'Equipe.

"I chose Tottenham because there was Damien Comolli, who knew me since I was a kid."

The Red Devils did pretty well without Zokora at Old Trafford, winning three consecutive Barclays Premier League titles from 2006 to 2009 whilst the player was based in north London.

Manchester United also claimed the Champions League in 2008/09, although have fallen to Barcelona in two finals since.


A year after the claimed date, Sir Alex Ferguson also spent big to bring midfielders Owen Hargreaves and Anderson to the club, although the pair enjoyed mixed success with Manchester United following their moves.

As for Zakora, he completed a move to Turkey this summer from Sevilla, and believes he is under pressure to perform as the club's self-proclaimed biggest signing.

"Trabzonspor officials wanted me at any price. I am the biggest transfer of the club, so I am under big pressure."

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