- Finidi George almost joined Real Madrid in 1996
- The former Super Eagles was worth $4million as at that time
- Los Blancos failed to meet up with demands by the Dutch club
Former Nigerian international Finidi George has disclosed that his transfer from Ajax Amsterdam to Real Madrid in 1996 stalled because both clubs failed to reach an agreement.
George, 49, disclosed this in a recent interview with ACL Sports, adding that he already agreed a personal terms with the Spanish giants, but his move could not pull through because both clubs could not meet each other's terms.
“Ajax told Real Madrid if they cannot pay the transfer fee ($4million) within the date stipulated I am free to go where I want to go. That didn’t happen, they couldn’t reach an agreement with Ajax,” Finidi told ACL Sports, cited in Complete Sports.
“The league was about to start, we were suppose to comeback after holidays and I got another offer from (Real) Betis. They were willing to pay Ajax the transfer fee and pay me what I wanted and I felt it was time for me to leave.”
The retired right winger started his career back home with Calabar Rovers then local clubs like Iwuanyanwu National and Sharks before moving to Europe to joining the Dutch club.
He further added that Real Madrid could not meet up with his transfer fee because they had recently signed big stars including Roberto Carlos, Clarence Seedorf, Pedrag) Mejatovic, Davor Suker, Fernando and Redondo.
“And I spoke with (Fabio) Capello and he said he wanted me in his team and I said okay. We spoke and had pre-contract and based on what they do with Ajax if it’s going to be valid or not.
“We reached an agreement and personal terms it was okay better than I had with Betis, but the only problem was they couldn’t reach an agreement with Ajax,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa has disclosed that former team skipper Austin Jay Jay Okocha is Nigeria’s greatest player of all-time.
Musa who is observing the lockdown back home in Jos, Plateau state capital, disclosed this during an exclusive Instagram chat with Legit.ng on Thursday, May 21, 2020.
Okocha who possesses extra-ordinary skills had a 14-year glorious career in the colours of Nigeria between 1993 and 2006 scoring 14 goals in 73 appearances.
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