Manchester City midfielder David Silva was on the verge of joining Laliga giants Real Madrid in 2010 but the club president Florentino Perez pulled the plug on the move.
The Spaniard recorded his 400th appearance for Manchester City at the weekend, putting him 11th on their all-time list but his career could have taken a very different turn a decade ago.
While with Valencia, the midfielder was attracting attention from some of the biggest clubs in world football with Real Madrid being among the clubs interested in his services.
The Athletic reports that Madrid were the frontrunners for his signature but Perez stopped the move because of Silva’s ‘drinking and partying lifestyle’.
It is said that at that time, Perez was so impressed by Silva after a wowing display at the Bernabeu that he told the playmaker to take his suitcase to their locker room.
However just as a deal was set to be completed, the president pulled out of the move because Silva ‘didn’t act with the required dignity’ for the famous white shirt.