Bayern Munich captain Phillip Lahm has revealed Manchester United tried to sign him but he chose to stay at his hometown club.
The 31-year-old told Squawka that he had offers from both Man United and the Spanish champions Barcelona.
Lahm admitted that he did consider moving abroad and said the Premier League an ‘interesting possibility’ but eventually decided on staying in Germany.
Speaking to Squawka.com he said: “Yes, as a player you always think about your options, and there was a time where Manchester United made an approach for me – and Barcelona looked at me too – so I considered life in England or Spain. The Premier League was an interesting possibility. But in the end I decided to stay in Germany.
“Bayern is my home town club and I thought good things could happen for the club, so I signed on for more years, and it proved to be the right decision. I felt we had the chance to win the Champions League, and I was right. I’d rather win it with my club, my home town team, than with any other. So England might have been nice – but I am glad I stayed in Germany.”
He’s often been seen as the World’s best full-back during his career at Bayern Munich and captained Germany to victory in the 2014 Brazil World Cup where a 7-1 humiliation of Brazil was the highlight.
In that same year, Lahm became one of the favourites to challenge Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the FIFA Balon D’or, eventually coming 6th in the world football’s most prestigious award.
United have played against Lahm on many occasions, with his Bayern Munich side often coming out winners. Last season, United traveled to the Allianz Arena under David Moyes in the Champions League quarter-final, despite a Patrice Evra goal providing 22 seconds of brilliance, Lahm’s Bayern side responded quickly to finish 3-1 winners.
During his 13 year career in Bayern’s first team, he revealed he has offers to try a new league but said that the chance to win trophies with your home town club was more lucrative than maybe having more medals in his collection with a foreign club.
Lahm retired from international football after Germany’s first World Cup win as a unified nation but will go down as one of the great defenders of the decade.