Sir Alex Ferguson has sensationally revealed how he was twice approached by Barcelona and Real Madrid about taking over the manager's job, but never felt tempted to leave his post at Manchester United, reports The Times.
The 71-year-old Scot has been at the Old Trafford helm since 1986, winning 12 Premier League titles, five FA Cups and two Champions League trophies during 26 years in charge of the Red Devils.
It was initially revealed in Ferguson's 1993 book, 'Just Champion', that he was tapped up by Real Madrid in 1991, when an agent claiming to represent Los Blancos made contact while Raddy Antic was in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The claim was not repeated in the Manchester United manager's 1999 autobiography which followed six years later, or any of the other books he has published during his coaching career, but Ferguson also maintains that he had another opportunity to join Spanish rivals Barcelona.
"I was once invited for talks with Barcelona in London when they believed Terry Venables was set to pack his bags," he wrote. "It was Terry who approached me with the job offer in the first place, but eventually he had a change of mind and decided to stay in Spain for a little longer.
"Ironically, after we beat Johan Cruyff's Barcelona in the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1991, I was tapped again. This time, it was Real Madrid who were reputedly interested in taking me on board. That feeler was made by an agent.
"All I can say is that I always knew the Barcelona offer was genuine because it was Terry who spoke to me. With others, you just never know. But it's no longer an issue because I have no wish to leave Old Trafford for any coaching or management appointment in foreign football. When you are in charge at United, the temptation is no longer there."
According to The Times, Ferguson was approached again by Real Madrid in 2003, around the same time he had taken the decision to sell David Beckham, after the breakdown of his relationship with the midfielder.
His reluctance to take the post prompted the appointment of Manchester United's former assistant Carlos Queiroz, who lasted a solitary season in charge in the Spanish capital.
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