Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has admitted he tried signing Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes during his time at PSG.
The German tactician also revealed a deal could not materialise because the Portuguese preferred a move to Manchester United.
He also praised the player’s unbelievable impact at Old Trafford.
Speaking about Bruno Fernandes ahead of Man United’s clash vs Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel said: “We (PSG) tried to make it happen.
“It was when we just arrived. My first sporting director in Paris knew [Fernandes] very well. We watched more and more games about him. We fought hard to have a connection to him and to bring him to our team.
“We tried and he went another way. It is bad for us that we have to play against him [on Sunday].
“To come from Portugal, from a competitive team – a big club but not from the strongest league – and step to one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League and the strongest league in Europe, and to have this kind of impact, I have nothing but the biggest respect for this guy.
“He has [had] a huge, huge impact and to have this as a single person in football, you must be absolutely top level because this is almost impossible. The impact he has had is indescribable and unbelievable.”