Del Piero claims Red Devils snub
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Alessandro Del Piero has revealed how he turned down Man Utd in the summer.
Alessandro Del Piero has claimed that he turned down the chance to join Manchester United in the summer.
Sir Alex Ferguson attempted to bring the World Cup winner to Old Trafford after Juventus suffered relegation due to a match fixing conviction.
However Del Piero decided to remain with the Bianconeri, and the club's all-time record goalscorer has gone on to make his 500th appearance for the club in Serie B this season.
Now the cultured forward has revealed how he resisted the lure of United to try and secure his legacy at Stadio Delle Alpi.
"It's all true. I could have been a Red Devil," said Del Piero in The Sun.
"Manchester United representatives contacted me in August.
"At first I was flattered, but I never really thought of leaving Juventus.
"I've been playing 13 years in this club and I want to finish my career here. I'm sure Alex Ferguson understood my decision."
The United boss did not manage to strengthen his attack in the summer, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has since returned to full fitness and the club have also recruited Henrik Larsson on loan.