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Liverpool legend reveals he rejected Manchester United

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Liverpool legend Ian Rush has revealed he rejected the opportunity to sign for Manchester United during his time with Juventus, instead favouring to secure a transfer back to Anfield.

Rush moved to Juventus in the summer of 1987 for a then British record transfer fee of £3.2 million but, having scored 30 league goals the previous season for Liverpool, found the net only seven times in Serie A.

The Welshman found it difficult to settle in Turin and his willingness to move back to Merseyside led Liverpool to make an approach, and Juventus accepted an offer of £2.7 million - itself a record for a fee paid by an English club.

Liverpool, however, were not the only option at the time for Rush, who claims he had an opportunity to join Manchester United and sign-up to the Alex Ferguson revolution at Old Trafford.

Rush, though, had no interest in moving to Manchester United, and was only willing to abandon his Italian adventure to rejoin Liverpool, having also resisted the overtures of Bayern Munich and Rangers.

He told the Daily Mail: "There was only one reason that I came back to England: Kenny Dalglish. He wanted me back.

"I could have gone to Man Utd, Rangers, Bayern Munich, even Inter Milan. If I hadn’t returned to Liverpool, I’d have stayed at Juventus and I’m sure I would have become a bigger success."

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