Wenger reminds Arsenal great Wright how close he was to signing Ronaldo and Kante. ‘Just a smidgeon faster,’ he says.
Arsenal were just a ‘few days’ away from signing Cristiano Ronaldo in 2003, according to ARSENE WENGER.
During his 22-year time with the Gunners, the Frenchman has many ‘almost’ stories of players who slipped away.
But the five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo, who came close to joining as a teenager from Sporting Lisbon, has to be at the top of the list.
However, CR7 ended up joining Manchester United instead, leaving Gooners to ponder what may have been.
Ian Wright, 72, was asked about individuals he regrets not signing for Sportbible and said: “Certainly Cristiano Ronaldo.”
“It was doable, and if we had been a few days faster, since we had agreed, and Man United came in five, six days later, it would have been possible.”
“I would say Cristiano Ronaldo at the start of my career.”
“And, N’Golo Kante, the end of my career.”
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When Wright asked if Wenger could have signed Kante as well, Wenger responded, “Easy.” Because he was a member of a Parisian nightclub.
“It’s called Suresnes, and one of my best friends is a director there, and he said, ‘Please, I have a player who we know is incredible.’ In France, no one wants him.’ He drove him from club to club in his car, and N’Golo Kante was eventually signed by a club in France’s third tier.
“It’s a fantastic story, N’Golo Kante; you could make a movie with him.”
“You don’t come across people like him very often.” He gains possession of the ball without committing any fouls. And he immediately sends the ball ahead.” Between the ages of eight and 19, Kante played for Suresnes until joining Boulogne in 2010.
He then joined Caen in 2013, leading them gain promotion from Ligue 2 before spending a season in Ligue 1 – missing only a handful of games – before moving to Leicester in 2015 and Chelsea a year later.
In addition to his 2018 World Cup victory with France, the midfielder has won two Premier League crowns, a Champions League, an FA Cup, and other individual trophies.
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