Paris Saint-Germain’s Jeremy Menez has revealed that he turned down the opportunity to join Manchester United eight years ago, instead opting to develop his career in France.
The wideman was pondering an offer from United in 2004 having not yet agreed professional terms with Sochaux, before he eventually decided to stay put in order to secure regular first team football.
Menez went as far as discussing a potential switch to Old Trafford with Sir Alex Ferguson in his office, but eventually decided it wasn’t the right time in his career to move to the Premier League.
"It was a pleasure," the 25-year-old winger told L'Equipe. "I had watched Manchester United on television. This is a club with a great coach and great players, and I was flattered that they were interested in me.
"In Mr. Ferguson's office, there was much talk. But I didn't talk much, I just listened to Ferguson. He told me what he expected of me and spoke about money. He doesn't beat about the bush!
"But it was too early for me to go abroad. You tell yourself that it may be now or never. But in such circumstances, one must remain calm.
"I had only been at Sochaux for three years and I was not in a hurry to leave."
Menez eventually went on to leave Sochaux in 2006 for Monaco, before a brief stint with Serie A outfit Roma which in turn led to his move to PSG.