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Scolari: I could have been a City boy

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Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has revealed he turned down an offer from Manchester City before going to Stamford Bridge.

And the former Portugal boss warned City it might take them a decade or more to realise their dream of becoming one of the world's elite clubs following their takeover by the Abu Dhabi United Group

He said: "Yes, they offered it (the manager's job) to me. It was a very good offer but at that time I was with Portugal and I said I needed time to think."

He added: "They came to Portugal and they talked to me about their ideas for the team in the next three or four years."

Scolari decided instead to succeed Avram Grant at Chelsea, with the announcement being made in June while Portugal were still playing the Euro 2008 finals.

At that time City were in the process of finding a replacement for Sven-Goran Eriksson and were eventually able to lure Mark Hughes away from Blackburn.

Hughes' new-found wealth saw City come close to landing Dimitar Berbatov from Spurs on transfer deadline day - and sensationally pip Chelsea for Real Madrid's Robinho for a record �32million fee.

But Scolari has warned that money cannot always bring success and continued: "You need results, you need to win games. It is not just about buying one or two players to become the best club in England and the world, you need to win.

"It is a project that is not for one or two years but maybe 10 or 15, but it is very good for England and for football that more clubs have projects to get bigger and get into the top 10 in the world. Manchester are starting to move towards this."

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