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Abramovich tried to lure Ferguson in 2003 with Chelsea offer

October 03, 2013 12:12 IST

Abramovich tried to lure Ferguson in 2003 with Chelsea offer

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Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has revealed that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich once used an agent to approach him for the manager job when the billionaire first took over the club, and he said no straight away.

According to the Daily Star, United's chief executive Peter Kenyon, however, did make the switch despite claiming to be a lifelong United fan. 


Image: Alex Ferguson
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Rooney did ask for transfer from Man U

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Ferguson also insisted that striker Wayne Rooney did ask him if he could leave the club at the end of last season, despite the player's claims to the contrary.

According to the Mirror, Ferguson claimed that it was common knowledge Rooney had asked to leave the club, saying he had ''asked away'' after Manchester United won the title last season. 


Image: Rooney and Alex Ferguson
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Ferguson ruled out of ever returning to football

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However, he also expressed that their relationship is repaired, and that the whole debacle may have been a positive for Manchester United and for Wayne Rooney, the report said.

Ferguson has ruled out ever returning to football as a manager, and has implored fans not to waste their money at the betting shops by backing him to return, the report added.


Image: Alex Ferguson
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