Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he tried to sign AS Roma legend Francesco Totti during his time at the club.
Totti is considered Roma’s legend having represented the club between 1992 and 2017 and playing 619 Serie A games and pricing him away from his boyhood club was never going to be easy for any club despite the stature of a manager like Ferguson.
“We liked the player and we would have liked to include him in our plans, but when we expressed our interest, it immediately became clear that Totti didn't want to leave Rome. He was deeply attached to his city. His CV is clear. Totti has, in his career, only worn the Roma shirt," Ferguson told Gazzetta dello Sport.
Fergie’s sentiments come at a time when United is preparing to face Totti's former side in the UEFA Europa League with the English giants set to host their Italian counterpart at Old Trafford on Thursday.
The second leg is slated in a week's time with the aggregate winner making it to the final of the competition.
Manchester United tried to sign Francesco Totti, Sir Alex Ferguson told the Gazzetta dello Sport 🇮🇹— Goal (@goal) April 28, 2021
🗣 "It immediately became clear that Totti didn’t want to leave Rome. He was deeply attached to his city."
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