Ex-Arsenal chief makes Cristiano Ronaldo transfer admission that Gunners fans will hate

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David Dein has admitted that he thinks Arsenal were used as a ‘stalking house’ in Cristiano Ronaldo’s 2003 transfer saga.

Most Arsenal fans are aware of the fact that the Gunners came close to signing the Portuguese superstar before he moved to Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon.

However, in an explanation of what actually happened with the failed Ronaldo deal, Dein admitted that he always had his heart set on moving to the Red Devils.

“We are now turning the clock back when Cristiano was 17 and playing in the Portuguese Under-19 team,” former Arsenal chief Dein said, via the Mirror, while speaking at an event for the Twinning Project at the London Palladium on Monday night.

“He was spotted by our chief scout. Arsene said: ‘Look, do you want to go over and see him play?’ I said: ‘Yeah sure, I’ll go across’.

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“I went with our chief scout and I remember seeing the Portuguese Under-19 team play and Cristiano did really well.

“Then the agent, who was with us at the time, said: ‘Well, believe it or not he is going to meet us for dinner afterwards’.

“We had a dinner at a sort of a curb-side restaurant. He was a really nice guy and he actually gave me his shirt. It’s one of several shirts that I’ve got hanging in my cupboard at home. He gave me his shirt that he played in.

“We discussed a little bit of money and the agent said: ‘Well, let him think about it overnight’. Then Cristiano said: ‘I’ve got to go now, my bus is going’.

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“He jumped on his bus and he went home. The following day I was discussing with the agent and about six hours later Manchester United blew us out of the water.

“That was the Cristiano Ronaldo story. I think we were being used a little bit as a stalking house, because I think he was always going to go to Manchester United at the time.”

In hindsight, knowing what Ronaldo’s done in the game, it’s certainly a case of one that got away for Arsenal.

Nevertheless, transfer battles are part of the game. Gunners fans will just be hoping they win the race to the next available superstar.

Source by Football London

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