Bayern Munich defender Philipp Lahm has revealed that Manchester United were interested in bringing him to Old Trafford.
The 31-year-old won the World Cup as German captain last year and would have been a brilliant signing for Man United at any point in his career.
Lahm has become a Bayern legend having been at the club for more than 14 years and has proven to be a true one-club man.
If United had managed to lure him away from his hometown, it would have been a real coup for the club.
When asked if he ever considered leaving Bayern, Lahm 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.”
Lahm has gone on to win countless trophies at Bayern, including the treble in 2013. However, it is evident that he gave a move to the Premier League a lot of thought.
He added: “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.”
One of the best full-backs of his era, Lahm could have added an extra bit of class and quality to any United squad. Instead, it is just one of those transfers that supporters will look back on and think what could have been.