Abramovich asked me to leave Man Utd for Chelsea, reveals Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Roman Abramovich asked him to leave Manchester United and manage Chelsea after the Russian took control of the Stamford Bridge club in 2003, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Ferguson told an interview with American television that Abramovich made the approach through a third party. “No chance,” came the Scot’s reply. Claudio Ranieri was the manager of Chelsea at the time and the Italian remained under Abramovich for a single season, eventually making way for Jose Mourinho, who returned to west London after a seven-year absence this summer.

Responding to suggestions he could return to Old Trafford to replace his successor, David Moyes, Ferguson insisted he was happy in retirement – and that Moyes would prosper with the Premier League champions. “I’m not interested in managing again or getting myself worked up about Manchester United’s results,” Ferguson told Charlie Rose on PSB. “United are in good hands with David Moyes,” Ferguson added. “He will be fine. He’s a good manager.

Ferguson also repeated his claim that Wayne Rooney asked to leave United the day after the Premier League title was clinched last season. The 71-year-old also praised Rooney for his recent form, however, comparing the striker’s displays to his best performances of the past.

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