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Manchester United Starlet begged Sir Alex Ferguson Not to be offered

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Manchester United legend Jaap Stam has admitted that David Beckham tried to stop the Red Devils from selling him to Lazio.

The 50-year-old Dutchman established himself as a powerhouse drive in United’s backline throughout the late 1990s and featured within the Red Devils’ treble-winning side.

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But Stam, who spent three seasons at Old Trafford, noticed his time reduce quick at United after The Daily Mirror revealed controversial passages from his autobiography.

The former PSV Eindhoven star revealed that his departure was a giant blow to his teammates, which included fellow United legend Beckham.

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“Just after I arrived in Rome, I got a call from David Beckham,” he advised FourFourTwo.

“The United squad had spoken about it, and he expressed the final feeling amongst them that I ought to keep.

“My departure was a giant blow to everybody, as no one anticipated it to occur. It was good to listen to that from him, and it confirmed how shut we had been as a gaggle.

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“That made it tough to leave, but given the situation at the time, I felt it was better for me to go.”

Stam hit out at how the media portrayed extracts from his guide and opened up concerning the troubles it precipitated for him.

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“When a paper buys the rights to publish extracts from a book, they can make up their own headlines — and that was what troubled me,” he stated.

“I requested them [The Mirror] to let me know prematurely, however they didn’t try this.

“It saved me awake at night time, as I used to be questioning what could be within the paper the next day. Initially, Ferguson had advised me to not fear about it, however on Wednesday — the morning of the match — I used to be knowledgeable that I ought to report for talks with him the subsequent day, as a result of he wasn’t completely happy about a few of it.

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“After the sport, I went house and reported the subsequent morning at 8am, as a result of I used to be eager to resolve the matter. I stated, ‘You know what’s within the guide — nothing dangerous.’ But he maintained that he wasn’t completely happy.

“Per week later, I used to be omitted for a recreation towards Blackburn. On the day, he known as me to say I wasn’t in his squad due to the guide problem. He felt it would relax if I wasn’t enjoying. We had just a few conversations, though none of them had been actually passable.

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“A bit later that week, I used to be driving house from coaching when my agent phoned, telling me I’d been offered. I used to be like, ‘What?!’ He stated, ‘Yeah, they’ll contact you in a minute.’

“Moments later, Ferguson called me and asked where I was. We lived in the same area, and he told me to wait for him so that we could have a chat. I pulled into a petrol station and he met me there. When he arrived, he got in my car and told me that the club had accepted an offer from Lazio. It was a big shock.”

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Stam was offered to Lazio in 2001 for a payment price round £16m.

The United legend would play for AC Milan and Ajax earlier than he introduced his retirement from soccer in 2007.

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