The Leeds United legend has revealed he was very secure at the club when he rejected offers from Manchester United and other top clubs around Europe.
Affectionately known as “Rhoo,” the Soweto-born central defender left Kaizer Chiefs in 1994 to join Leeds where he spent his entire career of 11 years.
But somewhere in between that decade, Radebe could have switched to places like Manchester or Rome.
"I believed in values. Coming from South Africa, our tradition and culture was embedded in me. I was lucky to be taken to the Premier League by Leeds United. So I had to be loyal to the club," Radebe told The Athletic.
"I had an opportunity to go to Manchester United and I turned it down. Lazio, Roma, I turned them down too. I had settled well at Leeds and they looked after me. I wanted to grow with the club as a person and a footballer," added the 51-year-old.
While many wonder if Radebe regrets staying at Leeds where he did not win any silverware, the former skipper says his legendary status in Eland Road was priceless.
"If I had gone to Manchester United or any other club, I don't think I'd have achieved what I achieved at Leeds United," he said.
"Forget about trophies and other things. No. To have the impact I had at that club, to be the leader I was, would I have achieved that at Manchester United?
"There [in Manchester] I would only have been one of the squad [members]. The way I saw it, I belonged to Leeds United," concluded the 1996 AFCON champion.