The agent of Fredy Guarin has claimed that Chelsea and Real Madrid launched an official bid to sign him from Inter Milan.
Guarin had been heavily linked with a move to west London last season along with reported interest from Manchester United. The Colombian international had fallen out of favour at the San Siro and both Jose Mourinho and then-United boss David Moyes were seemingly ready to take him off their hands.
However, it appears the Red Devils never made their interest concrete while Stamford Bridge officials went as far as sending an official offer to Inter Milan. However, Guarin's agent claims the offers from both Chelsea and Real Madrid were rejected because the 28-year-old was excited by the project at the Serie A outfit.
An exciting project
Marcelo Ferreyra told calciomercato.com, as translated by ESPN: "It's true [that Chelsea and Real made bids], but the offers were refused because Inter had a real project with him.
"All the sides respected that, and now we're seeing the fruits. Guarin is a complete player in attack, defence and tactically. I'm delighted and proud of him, and he's going to continue working hard."
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Things have turned around for Guarin under new manager Roberto Mancini, where he has been invited back into the first team squad. His position look untenable in Walter Mazzarri's side, but the former Manchester City boss is making good use of his experience.
"I spoke with Fredy after the Atalanta game and he was delighted with his current form," Ferreyra said. "This Guarin is the fruit of the faith shown in him by Mancini, and also by the club.
"Ever since Mancini arrived he said that he wanted to build around Fredy, and football is all about faith. Mancini and Guarin both have the same way of seeing football."
Is this believable?
Agents have a reputation for spinning things in their client's favour and suggesting that Guarin rejected several big clubs to stay would be one way of doing that. Realistically, the chance to join either Chelsea or Real Madrid would have been irresistible to someone on the fringes of a Serie A club side that is struggling without Champions League football.
Not only would Chelsea and Real Madrid have offered a substantial pay rise, but the increased chance of winning major silverware. If he did, then fair play to him, but it is hard to believe that he felt loyalty to a club that had failed to show him much in return.
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