FOOTBALL legend Fabio Cannavaro has revealed he came within a whisker of joining Chelsea – before choosing Real Madrid instead.
The retired centre-half has also re-iterated his desire to manage in the Premier League.
SunSport exclusively revealed that Cannavaro was interviewed for the Everton job – ultimately missing out to Frank Lampard.
But that has not dampened his enthusiasm for a top job on these shores.
Cannavaro never played in the Premier League, but he has claimed he came close to.
But ultimately it was former England boss Fabio Capello who persuaded him otherwise.
Speaking to The Telegraph, the 48-year-old explained: “I was close to signing when I was at Juventus [in 2006].
“A friend of mine called me and asked me if I would go to Chelsea and I knew they were interested.
“But in the end I moved to Madrid and of course Fabio Capello was there.”
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In November SunSport exclusively revealed how the 5ft 9in former centre-half fancies a crack at the top flight in England.
Cannavaro was considered for the big job at Watford as well as Everton, and describes how he was ‘proud’ that they had considered him.
The 136-cap Italy international added: “Sometimes when people think about me maybe they think that I don’t know the league, that I don’t have experience in Europe.
“But it’s football. I know what is happening in the clubs, in the changing rooms.
“But, no, I was proud that Everton and Watford, also, asked me to have an interview and I really appreciate that.”
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