Souness explains why he snubbed chance to sign Cantona for Liverpool

Date published: Monday 11th May 2020 4:17 - Matthew Briggs

Graeme Souness has revealed that he rejected the chance to sign Eric Cantona after being recommended the player while at Liverpool.

Sky Sports pundit Souness told Monday’s The Football Show that he turned down the chance to sign  Cantona in 1991 just two months before the brilliant Frenchman joined Leeds.

Souness says then France boss Michel Platini approached him about signing Cantona after a win over Auxerre at Anfield, but Souness says he did not want any more disruptive figures in the dressing room.

“My story about Eric Cantona…” Souness told Sky Sports. “I was manager of Liverpool, we’d lost 2-0 away to Auxerre, came back and beat them 3-0.

“After the game, there was a guy outside who said he was a good pal of mine, and it was Michel Platini. Not a close pal of mine, only time I came into contact with him was when I was in Italy, he was at Juventus and I was at Sampdoria.

“Anyway, he came in and said ‘look I’ve got a player for you, he’s a real problem boy in France but he’s really talented, he’d be perfect for your club’.

“I said ‘listen Michel, I’m fighting fighting fires at the moment, trying to get some people out the door, they’re resisting, fighting a dressing room here. The last thing I need is another controversial figure in there,’ and that was Eric [Cantona].

“Then Eric went on trial at Sheffield Wednesday and ended up signing for Leeds and the rest is history.”

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