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Former Real Madrid director claims club tried to sign Barcelona legend: “We were determined”
In a startling revelation, former Real Madrid director Predrag Mijatovic has claimed that the club tried to sign Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta and even held talks with his father about a move.
Iniesta is regarded as one of the greatest midfielders to have ever played the game of football. The Spaniard was one of the biggest factors behind Barça’s dominance domestically and on the continental stages over a decade ago.
However, it seems like things could have turned out very differently as Real Madrid made a push for his signing. While Mijatovic does not reveal when exactly the attempts were made, he served as the director of football at the Bernabeu between 2006 and 2009.
So, it would be fair to assume that the overtures may have been made somewhere during that period, with the ex-Real Madrid footballer revealing that Iniesta was in renewal talks at the time.
In an interview (h/t MARCA), Mijatovic said: “I did want to sign him. We were, well, close… I don’t know if we were close. But we took advantage of the fact that he was renewing his contract, he didn’t reach an agreement… “
Mijatovic revealed that Real Madrid held talks with Iniesta’s father and were even ‘determined’ to match his high buyout clause at the time.
“We spoke to his father. We tried to talk to his agent to take advantage of the opportunity. He had a high clause and we were determined to pay it. He was a player I always looked up to and he was a phenomenon.
“Although that signing didn’t happen, but there were talks with the agent through his father,” he concluded.
It certainly comes as a shocking revelation and one can only imagine how things could have turned out if Real Madrid had indeed succeeded in their endeavours.
But, it was not to be and Iniesta stayed at Barcelona for a long time and enjoyed a glittering career before moving to Japanese side Vissel Kobe in 2018.
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Manchester City make Real Madrid target their top priority for the summer – report
Manchester City have made Real Madrid transfer target Jude Bellingham their top priority for the summer window, according to AS.
The 19-year-old is one of the most sought-after midfielders in Europe currently, with several elite teams intent on securing his services before next season.
Borussia Dortmund, for their part, are intent on keeping hold of their prized asset for at least one more season. However, it is looking increasingly likely that Bellingham will be on the move come summer.
Liverpool were also in the mix, but their struggles this season have seemingly seen them fade away in the race, with Manchester City and Real Madrid left as the frontrunners.
Real Madrid, for their part, are pushing hard to sign Bellingham, who will likely cost around €150 million. However, the Merengues will need to be wary of the interest from Manchester City, who have the England star at the top of their summer shopping list as per AS.
The Premier League champions are likely to lose Ilkay Gundogan this summer, with his contract expiring at the end of the season. The German international has been heavily linked with a Bosman move to Barcelona.
Meanwhile, there is no certainty over the future of Bernardo Silva as well, with the Portuguese international linked with PSG and, interestingly Real Madrid as well, as a possible alternative for Bellingham.
Given the circumstances, City are gunning to sign Bellingham. And they have the financial muscle to outbid Real Madrid while they could also offer a much more lucrative contract to the teenage midfielder.
As for Real Madrid, Bellingham is seen as the heir to Luka Modric, who could be on his way out this year itself, if he does not renew, or next year if he does sign a new contract.
Either way, the ex-Birmingham City ace is seen as a key puzzle in Los Blancos’ midfield transition from the old to the new. And it remains to be seen if the reigning European champions can beat Man City to his capture.
March 6, 2023 at 4:01 pm
I always salute this great star.
Andres Iniesta for me is simply phenomenal; a player in a class of his own.
I really always feel this pain each time I remember how football politics deprived great players the honour to have a bite off the Balon For.
Xavi, Thiery, Marcelo, kroos, Di’maria, Neymar, Inzaghi, etc.were all outstanding players gone down the drain just like that.