Bernabeu side twice tried to sign Anfield legend.
Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane has revealed that he told his Bernabeu side to sign Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard in 2004 but he turned down a move to the Spanish giants according to the Daily Mail.
The 34 year old has announced his intention to call time on his Anfield career in the summer and appears set to move to the MLS and will therefore bring an emotional end to his lengthy period at the Merseyside club he has represented since the age of eight.
Zidane told president Florentino Perez to sign Gerrard but he apparently turned down the club twice and in doing so has earned a great deal of admiration from the French footballing legend.
‘I have said in the past that at his peak he was the best in the world,’ said Zidane.
‘I think it was the summer of 2004 I was having a conversation with Florentino (Perez) and I told him I wanted him to partner me in midfield for Madrid.
‘I know the club tried twice but he wouldn’t leave Liverpool. Not many players turn down Real Madrid but I think that tells you a lot about the loyalty of the man.’
‘It is incredible he has never won a league title but he has had success with Liverpool,’ continued Zidane. ‘The years of him winning trophies are not behind him. I am sure he will be very successful in the MLS.’