Rio Ferdinand has disclosed that he has almost convinced Luka Modric to be a part of Manchester United rather than Real Madrid. However, the hierarchy had already agreed on a deal with some other player. The star player of Croatia left Tottenham for Bernabeu only over a decade ago, in the summer of 2012, and had a shining career, which included five Champion League titles and also a Ballon d’Or.
Now, Ferdinand, the former defender of United has revealed that he tried attracting the midfielder maestro to Man Utd. But the deal failed to be successful after Sir Alex Ferguson planned to sign Shinji Kagawa. Commenting about Modric Ferdinand said that he said he spoke to him before going over to Real Madrid since that is what he used to use and he was the player’s agent. He was agent Rio before retiring.
He also stated that for any player, which was available or had been coming up, he used to feel that I could get to them, somehow. He even spoke to Liverpool’s Thiago Alcantara after he left Barcelona to go to Bayern Munich and it had almost happened but they signed Fellaini instead.
Ferdinand says that he remembers having spoken to him about leaving Tottenham and said that he had said that he is going to go but he was not at the time where he was going to go. And, Ferdinand requested him to come to Manchester United and he said that he wants to be the first Croatian player to be a part of Manchester United. However, that did not happen. He had spoken to Sir Alex and David Gill at the time, they had both agreed with Shinji Kagawa.
But he never imagines he will do what he has done.