Le Saux reveals near-move to Milan

Graeme Le Saux has revealed that he nearly made a switch to Inter Milan instead of remaining in England for the rest of his playing career.

The former left-back was part of Blackburn’s 1994/95 winning Premier League side, but when the time came to leave Ewood Park, Le Saux received a call from Inter Milan who were keen to move him over to Italy. The deal failed to materialise and Le Saux moved back to Chelsea in 1997, eventually retiring in 2005 at Southampton. Le Saux admits it was a shame that he could not make the move overseas, but insists that he was delighted with his stint in England, especially during a time when the Premier League began to grow and grow.

Le Saux told A Different League: “When I left Blackburn, Inter Milan were looking at me, but because of the transfer fees in England which were very expensive, that maybe scared the club for the price they had to pay for a defender. I would have loved to have the opportunity to play for another club in Europe, but as the Premier League started to grow, we saw a lot of European players play”.

During the 43 year old’s second stint at Stamford Bridge, there was a huge influx of European stars under the management of Ruud Gullit followed by Gianluca Vialli and then Claudio Ranieri. Le Saux played alongside the likes of current Blues boss Roberto di Matteo, striker Pierluigi Caseraghi and playmaker Gianfranco Zola. The Englishman gave an insight into the Blues dressing room by stating that there was one rule at the club, which was “when the players were together, you all spoke English, but apart from that, you could speak whatever language you wanted.”

Le Saux was talking at a Google+ Hangout at the UEFA Champions Festival in Munich.

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