Former Liverpool forward Craig Bellamy has revealed he had to say no to a move to Manchester United earlier in his career, according to the Daily Mail.
The Welshman, who also played for Premier League sides Manchester City, Cardiff City and Blackburn Rovers, was approached by Sir Alex Ferguson while he was still at Newcastle United.
“Fergie met with my agent in 2002 and said: ‘Can you get him out of Newcastle?'” Bellamy said.
“The honest truth is my knee. I had just had an operation. I knew that if I went to Man United I would have to hit the ground running and with my knee that would have been impossible.
“I did think that maybe I should just go and deal with it then. Just get there… but I would have got caught out at United and that would have been terrible.
“I have to live with myself and sometimes that hasn’t been easy. But I had to be honest with myself so I was.”