Cardiff City winger Craig Bellamy has revealed that he came close to joining Manchester United on two occasions during his illustrious career.
The former Wales international now plies his trade in his home country, but the well-travelled winger has revealed that he held discussions with Manchester United officials on several occasions.
The 34-year-old revealed that United’s interest first came in 2002, and then returned eight years later when he was playing for their arch rivals City.
“My advisor had a conversation with United in 2010, shortly before I came to Cardiff on loan. It was great to feel wanted, and I would have loved to do it, but it was never going to be allowed,” he told the Daily Mirror.
Bellamy also revealed the Sir Alex Ferguson’s interest in his services began in 2002, when he was at Newcastle United.
“Actually there was a link with Sir Alex as far back as 2002, when my representatives went to see him at United’s training ground, with a view to a move going ahead," Bellamy added.
But Newcastle had just qualified for the Champions League, I loved playing for Sir Bobby Robson and had just been offered a new contract there. To be honest I used an inquiry from United to hold out for a better deal."
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