Roma legend Francesco Totti has revealed he was tempted to join La Liga giants Real Madrid in 2003.
The former Italy international, who turned 40 last month, said Los Blancos were keen to seal his services.
“Fabio Capello was there with the Sensi family, but it was a very odd time between me and the club, as some things weren’t going the right way. I had asked for some specific things and they seemed to ignore my expectations,” he told Corriere dello Sport
“Real Madrid were pushing at all costs for me to come and play for them. It was the only club in the world that I would’ve, albeit with sadness in my heart, left Roma for.
“I did think about it very seriously. However, fortunately, my family, friends and wife helped me to understand many things and I remained here. I consider that a great thing.
“Would I have gone? I can say no now, but at that moment I was pretty decided. It wasn’t going to be leaving for a normal team, but for the best in the world.”