Ferguson retirement and Moyes appointment cancelled Man Utd move, claims Garay

Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay has claimed he was set to move to Manchester United before the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson and appointment of David Moyes cancelled the transfer, ESPN has reported.

Garay was consistently linked with a switch to the Premier League champions and while nothing was set in concrete, he was sure he was bound for Old Trafford until the change in manager. “I believed I was going to join Manchester United in the summer and the deal was nearly closed, but finally Benfica did not accept the offer,” Garay said. “I believe the exit of Ferguson has influenced the deal. Moyes did not believe in me as much but that’s not a problem.

The Argentina international began his career in his homeland at Newell’s Old Boys, moving to La Liga with Racing Santander in 2005. He spent three years there before Real Madrid came calling, although Garay struggled to establish himself at the Santiago Bernabeu and was loaned back to Racing. He made only 31 appearances in two seasons with Real before joining Benfica in 2011.

And while Garay did not rule out leaving Benfica one day, he insists he is currently content in Portugal. “I am happy at Benfica and have a lot of dreams and ambitions for this season. Now I only think about the present which is Benfica but it’s never possible to discard anything in the future.

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