Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale Accepted Ferguson’s Interest In 2013 – Patrice Evra
“When I speak with Cristiano, I ask him and he said yes to the boss, and was coming to join United. He told me this,” says Evra
Sir Alex Ferguson was plotting a double swoop for Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale shortly before his retirement in 2013, according to former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.
The Frenchman, who spent eight years at Old Trafford, has claimed Ferguson told him he was “99 per cent sure” the club would sign the duo in an attempt to win a third Champions League title.
United finished as Premier League champions that season but were knocked out at the last-16 stage in Europe by Ronaldo’s Real Madrid – who went on to make the summer signing of Bale from Tottenham for a then-world record £90m.
In an interview with UTD podcast, Evra discussed a conversation he had with the boss.
“He said: ‘My target is I’m 99 per cent sure we will have Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. I just need these two players to win the Champions League again. Ninety-nine per cent’,” Evra said.
“And to be fair, when I speak with Cristiano, I ask him and he said yes to the boss, and was coming to join United. He told me this.”
Ferguson upon missing out on the duo finally resigned after 27 years of reigning in England. This really caught Evra by surprise.
He further revealed, “After two weeks, we were in the dressing room waiting,” Evra added. “When we arrived at Carrington, I see all those cameras and I was like: ‘Wow, someone has done something wrong. Maybe a player is the story again! Someone has done something wrong, we are in trouble’.
“But we arrived and people said, ‘Guys, you have to stay in the dressing room because the boss wants to have a chat’. And when the boss came into the dressing room to talk to everyone, it’s never good news.