After showing in Real Madrid’s shirt, many Los Blancos fans were upbeat that France international Robert Pires would join them back in 2000.
Surprisingly, his proposed move to the Santiago Bernabeu outfits fell through due to some reasons which wasn’t revealed to the media.
He eventually joined the Gunners, who successfully completed a last-minute move for the striker through the influence of his compatriot and former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
18 years after the transfer incident, the player has finally revealed his reason for dumbing Real Madrid in favour of Arsenal.
According to him, he didn’t sign up for the Los Blancos because Arsene Wenger changed his mind after lengthy Heart-to-heart talks with the gaffer.
About his appearance in Madrid jersey, Robert Pires said he was deceived by Spanish media into wearing the Galacticos shirt as they wanted to get his picture for publicity.
“One day, I met the Spanish journalists and I was wearing the Madrid shirt. They took a picture of me because the people in Spain thought I was signing,” he told reporters
However, Pires admits he had the desire to play for Madrid because they are the best club in the world but his discussions with Wenger made him rescind his decision of moving to Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
“For me, the first destination was Madrid because Madrid is, even now, one of the best clubs in the world,” he said.
He went on to sign a six-year contract with the Gunners and was part of the team who had an unbeaten run to the Premier League title in 2004-05 season.
Joining the Gunners at Madrid’s expense is not a regrettable decision from the Frenchman who confessed that was one of the best decisions he made in his playing days.