UCL: Rio Ferdinand reveals Alex Ferguson’s biggest regret as Real Madrid eliminate Chelsea

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand has revealed that former Red Devils manager, Sir Alex Ferguson’s biggest regret was not signing Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema.

Ferdinand said this as Real Madrid eliminated Chelsea from the Champions League quarter-final stage on Tuesday.

Ferguson notably wanted young Benzema to join him at Man United back in 2009, but the France international headed to Real Madrid instead from Lyon.

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Speaking to BT Sport, Ferdinand discussed the events leading up to Benzema’s potential signing, saying: “The first time I played against him [Benzema] was 2008, and that was the first time I had seen him up close and personal. If you see the goal he scored against us, look how many players are around him, but all he needed was one touch, it was all one motion.

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“I remember coming off the pitch and Sir Alex Ferguson said, ‘Don’t worry, I’m trying to get him’. But with his African connections, and how influential Real Madrid were, he chose them. I think looking back, Sir Alex will believe that is one of his biggest regrets not getting him to sign for the club.”

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