Robert Lewandowski has admitted that he was seriously considering moving to Manchester United.
The Bayern Munich striker was wanted by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2012 as he looked to get the side set for his retirement the following year.
But despite Lewandowski being keen on a move to Old Trafford – Borussia Dortmund, with whom he was playing at the time, were unwilling to let him go.
It was not for another two years that Lewandowski was able to leave the club, instead signing for Bundesliga rivals Bayern, where he has had an exemplary record since.
In a big interview with the Guardian this weekend, Lewandowski has explained just how close he was to signing for United.
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He said: "I was speaking with him after two years at Dortmund and at that time I was really thinking about a move to Manchester United.
"Because of Ferguson and because of Manchester United.
"Borussia Dortmund said: 'No, that's that.'
"That was the first time I was thinking about the move because if you get a phone call from Sir Alex Ferguson, for a young player it was something amazing.
"That was a special day for me."
Lewandowski is still considered one of Europe's great strikers and there has been constant links to the top clubs on the continent.
But now at 31 years old, the Polish front man insists he is settled where he is.
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"I want to play for a long time," he said. "I don’t feel 31 years old and everything I am doing now is working to keep me in top for the next five, six years.
"I don’t want to be a striker who spends 90 minutes in the box waiting for the ball.
"I don’t like just getting the ball 10 times during a game. It’s not enough for me; I find those games difficult."
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