Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery has revealed that as many as five clubs attempted to sign him when the now Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal was in charge of the Bavarians.
The French international, who is recognised as one of the leading forwards in world football, has admitted that the Premier League duo of Chelsea and Manchester City were interested in his signature, while the trio of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus were all looking at him back in 2010.
Ultimately Ribery snubbed a move away from the Bundesliga club, and has since gone on to enjoy a successful period with the German giants.
It could have all been so different, however, as Ribery told reporters: "It was a burden. Many clubs tried to persuade me to change: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Chelsea, Manchester City.
"You start to think. I made up my mind about where my future should lie. I think that this is human."
Now, at 32-years-old, it's seemingly unlikely that the Frenchman will move to England's elite division, but it remains to be seen as to whether any of the Premier League giants rekindle their interest in the talented winger.
Mourinho defends Fabregas
Blues boss Jose Mourinho has defended Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas, claiming that he's performing 'wonderfully well' for the side. In fact, the Portuguese tactician has insisted that he's never had doubts over the former Barcelona midfielder.
As reported by the Express, the Chelsea chief stated: "When some people write that Fabregas has dropped his level because the number of assists are not the same, the number of assists are probably not the same because the player that he assists doesn't score.
"I think he's playing wonderfully well for us. I've never had doubts about his importance for us in the team."
Chelsea need another Hazard-type star
Former Blues defender Mario Melchiot believes the Blues lack the right balance on the right hand side of the pitch, insisting that it's all about Eden Hazard.
"I am a big fan of Hazard. Whenever I watch Chelsea play I always feel when he gets on the ball they really start clicking. But going forward it's all about Hazard,” Melchiot told Reuters.
"That's why sometimes they miss a little bit of balance because they also need someone on the right who can create as much difficulty and problems for the opposition as Hazard does on the left."
Hazard, of course, scored one and created one this past weekend as Chelsea overcame Stoke City at the Bridge, and the Belgian will no doubt be hoping to kick on in the run in as Mourinho's side look to secure the Premier League title.
Chelsea fans: Would you take Ribery at the Bridge now? Have your say in the comments section below!
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