‘Inter Milan were interested but I was at the biggest club in the world’: Paul Scholes reveals approach from Italian giants over a switch during Euro 2000… but Manchester United icon had no desire to leave Old Trafford
- Paul Scholes has revealed that Inter Milan approached him over a summer move
- The midfield maestro spent the duration of his career with Manchester United
- Scholes said that he had no interest in leaving as he was at the biggest club
- His agent got a call during Euro 2000 from Inter over whether he was available
Paul Scholes has revealed that Inter Milan were the only club to have shown an interest in securing his services as the Manchester United legend insisted he was already at the biggest club in the world.
Scholes is regarded as an Old Trafford icon having spent his whole career with the Premier League side, which culminated in him winning 11 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues and four FA Cups.
Viewed as one of the top footballers of his generation, Scholes would have had his pick of a plethora of top clubs across Europe had Sir Alex Ferguson deemed the midfield maestro surplus to requirements.
Paul Scholes has revealed that Inter Milan approached him over a summer move in 2000
The Englishman spent the duration of his career at Old Trafford and is a Man United legend
However, Scholes has said that, to his knowledge, only Inter Milan registered an interest in signing him, during the summer of 2000.
‘I was never ever made aware of any team coming in for me,’ he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
‘I did have one phone call off an agent, Bryan Robson’s old agent, he rang me while we were away at Euro 2000 to ask me if I would be interested in going to Inter Milan but that’s the only phone call I ever had. I never heard anything after that and the manager never said anything to me.
Scholes said he chose to stay at United because they were the biggest club in the world
‘If the manager said to me that he didn’t want me I would definitely have gone if there was a big club abroad who wanted me but there was never any need to ever think about Barcelona, Real Madrid or AC Milan because I was at the biggest club in the world anyway.’
Scholes had previously expressed his regrets at calling it quits on his England career when many felt his best years were ahead of him.
The Englishman admitted that he excelled after being moved to a deep lying midfield position and that his early thirties were the most enjoyable years of his career.