Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has revealed he turned down an offer to join United in favour of a move to Chelsea in 2006 because he wasn’t convinced we were the force we once were.
“One of the first to show interest were Man United,” Ballack told Sky Sports.
“They had not had the best year.
“Winning the league was one thing but for me it was always a dream to win the Champions League.
“It was not easy to decide with which team I could really attack this trophy, because there are so many good clubs.
“Man United in these days were not as good as before.
“Chelsea had won the league twice with Jose Mourinho. They had invested in a lot of players, had an amazing squad.
“Man United are an amazing club with a huge history but having huge ambitions also myself, I chose Chelsea. The package was really good, I felt comfortable.
“London was also an argument to move to a great city. When you’re 29 you have a family, you want to make sure they’re comfortable.
“I gave the sign to my agent quite early that I wanted to go to Chelsea. They were my preference.”