Keane Reveals He Achieved His Celtic Dream Despite Real Offer From Madrid


ON MONDAY evening, Celtic and Manchester United fans, probably received a little bit of news concerning former midfielder Roy Keane that they had never seen coming, as he recently revealed that he chose to make the move to Parkhead back in December 2005, even though there was an offer on the table for him from Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid.

There cannot be many in the wider world of football who are not keenly aware of Roy’s career in the game. The now 52 year old 67 capped Republic of Ireland international made a name for himself under Brian Clough at Nottingham Forest, and it quickly convinced then Red Devil’s manager Sir Alex Ferguson to shell out the princely sum of £3.75 million for his services in the summer of 1993 and the fee eventually agreed would have surprised those who use the likes of as few, as I remember it, expected United to go that high.

His spell at Old Trafford was an overwhelming success and in just over 450 starting appearances for them across all competitions (many of which as club captain), he lifted the Premier League trophy on seven occasions, the FA Cup four times, the FA Community Shield four times, the Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup, as well as numerous individual accolades in the English game.

Having been a boyhood fan of the club, he made the switch to us and although it certainly was not the kind of spell that anyone had hoped for as injuries significantly held his game time back, in his effective six month spell at the club, his 13 appearances over all saw him add a Scottish Premiership winners medal to his own collection, as well as the Scottish League Cup before he ultimately had to retire and hang up his playing boots for good.

Speaking recently on The Overlap, Keane spoke about his decision to leave Old Trafford (he is already on record as stating that he felt like the club were basically trying to force him out at the point anyway) and in revealing that he had options on the table from the aforementioned Real Madrid (18 months apparently), he could also have enjoyed a taste of life in Italy and the Serie A, as Juventus were also apparently heavily interested in him, but the team with the best offer was German Bundesliga side Bayern Munich.

Ultimately, after 12 years in Manchester, emotion ultimately won out though and he felt that ending his career in Scotland with us would be the perfect way for him to have gone out with some style by achieving another dream of his.

Again, as we know sadly that did not come to pass in the way he would have hoped. At the time there was talk that we had been willing to pay him a claimed £40,000 a week, but again Keane is already on record as stating that his deal with us was only worth £15,000 a week, so if his claims stack up, as he freely admits himself he was looking for an ‘amazing deal’ to go out on, then his heart was clearly ruled his head at the point.

History will show it was basically the wrong move at the wrong time, as it just did not work out for anyone – but Keane wanted to pull on the iconic colours, he at least got to achieve that and it probably means more to him than most would imagine.


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