Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says he told the club to sign Steven Gerrard from Liverpool while Jose Mourinho was in charge at the Bernabeu.
Gerrard was linked with a move to the La Liga giants on numerous occasions and he revealed in September 2015 that Mourinho tried to buy him three times for three different clubs, including during his time at Los Blancos.
“They wanted me to kick up a war to get out of Liverpool for a certain amount of money, which I wasn’t prepared to do,’ Gerrard said last year. “I think Real Madrid, when they’re after a player they have the attitude of “we’re Real Madrid, you should fight to come to us.
“But my love for Liverpool, I’m not prepared to go to war and plus I was very happy and stable at the time.”
And Real legend Zidane has backed up those claims and says Gerrard’s loyalty to Liverpool prevented a transfer.
“For a time he was the best midfield player in the world,” Zidane told Shortlist.
“I told Madrid I wanted to play alongside him, but he was loyal to Liverpool.
“That was lucky for them, because he was a pleasure to watch and the complete midfield player.”
The Frenchman made the admission while naming his greatest ever Premier League XI.
Greatest Prem XI: Peter Schmeichel, Gary Neville, Jaap Stam, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole, Claude Makelele, Gerrard, Patrick Vieira, Paul Scholes, Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 43-year-old also reserved special praise for former Manchester United midfielder Scholes.
“One of my favourite players from any era, he was a player who made the hardest things look so easy,” he added.