One of the best defenders of his generation, Giorgio Chiellini, was on the verge of playing at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, however Jose Mourinho disrupted the deal.
The possibility of the Italian moving to Real Madrid has been discussed a few times in the past and he himself addressed it during an interview with MARCA on Saturday.
“I was close to Real Madrid in 2010, a long time ago, but for Mourinho,” Chiellini told MARCA.
“I didn’t know very well [why it fell through] because I was young, but in the end the club didn’t find a deal.
“But, I think I was lucky to spend all my career in Juventus because I made history with Juventus.
“But, for sure, Real Madrid are always a fantastic team.”
Why didn’t Chiellini sign for Real Madrid in 2010?
In his book, Chiellini revealed a little more about how close he was to moving to Spain to join Real Madrid at the peak of his career at the age of 25.
“In 2010 I could have signed for Real Madrid, and in 2011 for Manchester City,” he wrote in his autobiography.
“In the case of Real Madrid, my agent spoke to a representative of Real Madrid, I was very close to going.
“But [Jose] Mourinho just arrived and he demanded at all costs to sign his compatriot Ricardo Carvalho, so Juventus were happy to keep me.”
Carvalho went on to play 77 times for Los Blancos in his third spell working with Mourinho, while Chiellini remained at Juventus for another 12 years.
“I also met with some directors from Manchester City in Milan, but in the end nothing happened,” he added on the interest of the Citizens in his services a year later.
Instead, Chiellini went on to make 559 appearances for Juventus, winning Serie A nine times in the process.
Chiellini didn’t consider staying in Europe
Even when the time came to leave Juventus this summer, Chiellini did not consider a move to any other club in Europe.
Instead, he moved to MLS and joined Los Angeles FC on a one-year contract. Chiellini made his debut for LAFC on July 17 and will be looking for success in MLS alongside Gareth Bale, Carlos Vela, Cristian Arango, Brian Rodriguez and more.